Kipchoge wins London marathon in second-ever fastest time

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London (dpa) – Eliud Kipchoge won the London marathon Sunday for a fourth time, beating his own course record in the second-ever fastest time over the 42.195-kilometre distance.

The 34-year-old Kenyan clocked a provisional 2 hours 2 minutes 37 seconds, almost a minute behind the world record of 2:01:39 he set in Berlin in September.

Kipchoge now has an unprecedented four London titles for a men’s race after winning in 2015, 2016, when his 2:03:05 was the course record, and last year.

Mosinot Geremew of Ethiopia was second in 2:02:55 and his compatriot Mule Wasihun third in 2:03:16.

Britain’s Mo Farah, who was hoping to challenge Kipchoge after winning in Chicago in October, finished fifth in 2:05:38.

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei won the women’s race in 2:18.20 head of compatriot and defending champion Vivian Cheruiyot (2:20:14) and Ethiopian Roza Dereje (2:20:51).