Kenyan athletes Kipchoge, Kosgei win London Marathon titles

Cheryl Sanders
April 29, 2019

Running the second-fastest time ever recorded in the marathon, Kipchoge was a comfortable victor of this afternoon's race coming in at a time of 02:02:37.

Sunday's victory gave him a record fourth win in London.

In today's London Marathon, Carruthers will run more than one hundred times that distance and do so with an enthusiasm that she could never have imagined from the start line of her school sports' days.

"The crowd in London is wonderful and that spirit pushed me".

In the women's race, Kenya's Brigid Kosgei held off the challenge of reigning champion and compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot to win in 2:18:20. "I'm happy to cross the line".

Three-time champion Mary Keitany had kept pace with the leading trio until the 30km mark, but fell back to finish fifth.

The 34-year-old broke the world record in Berlin last year with a two hour, one minute and 39 second marathon. It's a different mindset chasing someone and it takes the pressure off me. "I couldn't have asked for a better run really".

His build-up was overshadowed by a dispute with Haile Gebrselassie, with the British record holder claiming he was robbed at a hotel belonging to the long-distance great.

"My aim was to reel them back once the pacemaker dropped out but wasn't able to".

Kosgei said: "The wind was a problem for me today".

Cheruiyot finished in second with Roza Dereje of Ethiopia in third and Keitany in fifth.

Elsewhere, Irish-born athlete Sinead Diver assured herself of a place in the 2020 Olympic Games with a seventh-placed finish in the women's event.

Cheruiyot said: "I'm happy with a podium finish, I know that coming second means I can keep on improving".

There were more celebrations elsewhere as American Dan Romanchuk won the men's wheelchair race, Swiss Manuela Schar won the women's and Japan's Misato Michishita was victorious in the woman's visually impaired race.

Carruthers, 25, was still able to crawl over on hands and knees for a personal best time.

Like Kosgei, Manuela Schär of Switzerland was a similarly emphatic victor as she took the women's wheelchair race in 1:44:09.

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