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Eliud Kipchoge wins London Marathon in second-fastest time ever

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Eliud Kipchoge repeatedly motioned for his so-called challengers to share the work at the front of the London Marathon. None dared.

So the 34-year-old Kenyan cranked up the pace and smiled en route to the second-fastest marathon in history, padding his argument as the greatest of all time on Sunday.

Kipchoge clocked 2:02:37, trailing only his world record 2:01:39 set in Berlin on Sept. 16. It’s his record-extending 10th straight elite marathon win and record-breaking fourth title in London, routinely featuring the toughest fields of the spring marathon season.

“It feels strange to be considered the most successful elite man in racing,” Kipchoge said, according to race organizers. “It was a very tactical race as everyone was there, but I know how to win this race, and I was confident and didn’t feel it was in doubt at any point.”

Kipchoge ran away from Ethiopians Mosinet Geremew and Mule Wasihun in the last two miles, beating them by 18 and 39 seconds, respectively. Four-time Olympic track champion Mo Farah was fifth in what he called a disappointing 2:05:39.

Kenyan Brigid Kosgei became the youngest woman to win London in 2:18:20, upsetting countrywomen Vivian Cheruiyot (second, 2:20:14) and Mary Keitany (fifth, 2:20:58).

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Kipchoge is inching closer to doubling the win streaks of history’s other legendary marathoners. Ethiopians Abebe Bikila and Haile Gebrselassie each won six straight, according to Tilastopaja.org. Bikila has one accolade that Kipchoge does not — back-to-back Olympic titles — which Kipchoge can rectify in Tokyo next year.

Kosgei, a 25-year-old mom, was second to Cheruiyot in London last year, then won October’s Chicago Marathon for her first major crown. On Sunday, she posted the fastest second half of a women’s marathon in history (66:42) to become the seventh-fastest woman in history.

Emily Sisson was sixth in 2:23:08, the second-fastest debut marathon in U.S. women’s history.

“We wanted to run faster, ideally, but given the conditions and the way the race went out, I think that was a good performance,” Sisson told media, noting the relatively slow early pace and a windy second half. “There’s a lot of room for improvement.”

Two-time U.S. Olympian Molly Huddle took 12th in 2:26:33, a personal best by 11 seconds, but a disappointing one.

“I felt rough from, like, 10K on, like my legs were just really achy today,” Huddle told LetsRun.com. “Sometimes you have bad days in the marathon.”

Sisson and Huddle are among a large group of U.S. Olympic hopefuls, also including Jordan HasayDes LindenAmy Cragg and, should she continue racing, Shalane Flanagan. The top three at trials in Atlanta on Feb. 29 are in line to make the Tokyo team.

In Sunday’s wheelchair divisions, American Daniel Romanchuk added his first London title to Chicago, New York City and Boston crowns in the last year. The 21-year-old pulled away from Swiss Marcel Hug in the last half-mile and won by four seconds in 1:33:38.

Swiss Manuela Schar earned her second London title in 1:44:09, distancing American Tatyana McFadden by 5:33.

London marked the final major marathon of the spring. The fall season begins in Berlin on Sept. 29.

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2019 London Marathon Results

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Top finishers from the 38th London Marathon (full searchable results here) …

Men’s Elite
1. Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) — 2:02:37
2. Mosinet Geremew (ETH) — 2:02:55
3. Mule Wasihun (ETH) — 2:03:16
4. Shura Kitata (ETH) — 2:05:01
5. Mo Farah (GBR) — 2:05:39
6. Tamirat Tola (ETH) — 2:06:57
7. Bashir Abdi (BEL) — 2:07:03
8. Leul Gebresilasie (ETH) — 2:07:15
9. Yassine Rachik (ITA) — 2:08:05
10. Callum Hawkins (GBR) — 2:08:14
11. Daniel Wanjiru (KEN) — 2:08:40
12. Wilson Kipsang (KEN) — 2:09:18

Women’s Elite
1. Brigid Kosgei (KEN) — 2:18:20
2. Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) — 2:20:14
3. Roza Dereje (ETH) — 2:20:51
4. Gladys Cherono (KEN) — 2:20:52
5. Mary Keitany (KEN) — 2:20:58
6. Emily Sisson (USA) — 2:23:08
7. Sinead Diver (AUS) — 2:24:11
8. Carla Salome Rocha (POR) — 2:24:47
9. Birhane Dibaba (ETH) — 2:25:04
10. Charlotte Purdue (GBR) — 2:25:38
12. Molly Huddle (USA) — 2:26:33

Men’s Wheelchair
1. Daniel Romanchuk (USA) — 1:33:38
2. Marcel Hug (SUI) — 1:33:42
3. Tomoki Suzuki (JPN) — 1:33:51
4. Dai Yunqiang (CHN) — 1:37:30
5. David Weir (GBR) — 1:37:32
6. Ernst van Dyk (RSA) — 1:37:32
7. Jordi Madera (ESP) — 1:37:32
8. Hiroki Nishida (JPN) — 1:37:33
9. Aaron Pike (USA) — 1:37:33
10. Hiroyuki Yamamoto (JPN) — 1:38:50

Women’s Wheelchair
1. Manuela Schar (SUI) — 1:44:09
2. Tatyana McFadden — 1:49:42
3. Madison de Rozario (AUS) — 1:49:43
4. Eliza Ault-Connell (AUS) — 1:50:02
5. Tsubasa Kina (JPN) — 1:51:22
6. Zou Lihong (CHN) — 1:52:10
7. Katrina Gerhard (USA) — 1:52:11
8. Nikita den Boer (NED) — 1:52:12
9. Arielle Rausin (USA) — 1:52:12
10. Aline Dos Santos Rocha (BRA) — 1:52:13

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Half marathon world-record holder suspended before London Marathon

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Kenyan Abraham Kiptum, the half-marathon world-record holder, was provisionally suspended for a biological passport violation, the sport’s anti-doping watchdog announced two days before Kiptum was to run the London Marathon.

Kiptum, 29, made no mention of the case at Wednesday’s pre-race press conference in an interview with LetsRun.com. Kiptum said his goal for Sunday’s 26.2-miler was to lower his personal best of 2:05:26.

On Oct. 28, Kiptum surprisingly broke the half-marathon world record by five seconds, bringing it down to 58:18 in Valencia, Spain. He has raced marathons since 2015 and was to make his major marathon debut Sunday.

Countryman Eliud Kipchoge is the overwhelming favorite in London. Brit Mo Farah and Ethiopian Shura Kitata are the top challengers in the world’s strongest spring marathon.

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