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Kenya’s Jemima Sumgong & Eliud Kipchoge win elite races at London Marathon

Jemima Sumgong recovered from a fall to win the women’s London Marathon as fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge retained the men’s title in the second-fastest time in history.

Jemima Sumgong & Eliud Kipchoge wins elite races.

Sumgong, 31, banged her head when tripped by Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia as they approached a water station.
She rejoined the leading group before taking her first London title in two hours 22 minutes 58 seconds.

Kipchoge, 31, won in 2:03:04, only seven seconds outside the world record.

His time has been bettered only by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, who ran 2:02:57 in 2014 in Berlin, which is acknowledged as a quicker course.

Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men’s wheelchair race ahead of Britain’s Paralympic champion David Weir in third, while American Tatyana McFadden won the women’s race for a fourth consecutive year.

The 36th London Marathon saw an estimated 39,698 runner’s line up for the 26.2-mile course.

Kenya’s runner Kipchoge.

Sumgong, who has been a runner-up in the Boston, Chicago and New York marathons, was in the front pack when she stumbled near the 22-mile mark.

Mergia clipped the back of Sumgong’s heel, and it brought both of them down along with pre-race favourite Mary Keitany.

But Sumgong, despite showing signs of discomfort as she checked her head injury, caught the leaders before breaking clear.

She finished five seconds ahead of last year’s winner Tigist Tufa of Ethiopia (02:23.03), with Kenyan Florence Kiplagat third in 2:23.39.

By Robert Muriisa.

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