Two Kenyan runners win London Marathon

Delia Walker
April 23, 2018

He won $55,000 (approx Khs 5.5 Million) for crossing the line first, while Ethiopia's Tola Shura Kitata and third placed, Britain's Mo Farah collected $30,000 and $22,500 respectively.

Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge won the race two-minutes ahead of Farah, flirting with world record timing.

"I feel very surprised still, it's unreal, that was awesome", said De Rozario, who won T54 Commonwealth Games gold just over a week ago.

"I am knackered. The guys went for it, they were on for world record pace, so it was do or die".

"Eliud is a great athlete and he made it look easy out there". "To be honest, the older I get, my endurance is getting better".

"I still enjoy the win and I'm happy to be able to win for the third time in London".

With AP Photos.Olympic 5,000-meter champion Vivian Cheruiyot won the London Marathon at her second attempt in hot conditions.

So Farah's irritation at not being able to find the right water bottle at two drinks stations early in the race was understandable.

Runners were seen to collapse in the heat - amplified by the tarmac and thousands of bodies - with one even stretchered across the finish line by medical staff.

Mobile water stations had to be deployed, says the The Daily Mail, after some of the static stations ran out of bottled water to give runners.

Farah might have been quicker still but for temperatures of 24C and a problem collecting his drink at the 10km mark which he blamed on staff being too busy taking pictures and led to a lengthy mid-race exchange with motorbike-riding marathon officials. "It's so far-reaching. We fully needed it and not just us - for the community and the rest of the London Fire Brigade who attended". I got a personal best.

Kipchoge, who skipped last year's race to attempt a sub-two-hour marathon in Italy, could not break Dennis Kimmetto's world record as high temperatures made running conditions hard in the English capital.

Kenyan Cheruiyot, 34, took advantage of failed attempts by last year's victor Mary Keitany and runner-up Tirunesh Dibaba to break Paula Radcliffe's 15-year-old world record.

Vivian Cheruiyot wins the London Marathon.

The 38-year-old Weir clocked 1:31:15 to beat Marcel Hug of Switzerland into second, while Daniel Romanchuk of the United States was third.

His latest victory saw the 33-year-old join compatriot Martin Lel and Mexican Dionicio Ceron as the only men to win at the British capital three times. Mentally and physically, I felt better coming into this. "At the beginning when I used to do marathons my endurance was rubbish so I'm keeping the speed and gaining a bit more endurance base".

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