Mo Farah breaks British record at London Marathon despite water-station drama

Saul Franklin
April 23, 2018

Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot and Eliud Kipchoge reigned supreme at the London Marathon on Sunday afternoon, bagging the men's and women's titles in hot conditions in the British Capital.

There was a Kenyan double at this year's London Marathon as Eliud Kipchoge won first place with a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 27 seconds.

After reaching halfway in 1:06:54 a year ago, Keitany passed through the corresponding point still inside world record pace at 1:07:16. "I learnt the hard way today, running the hard way, but I'm pleased overall because if you looked at the field before we started that race, you would never put me in third place, you would put ahead of me so many other guys".

It is so different to the track.

'The crowd really got behind me, it was an awesome atmosphere. "I gave it all, 110 percent as I normally do", said Farah.

Still not long afterwards Farah was admitting both his satisfaction and intention to go faster, in no way doubting the marathon would be his flawless distance come Tokyo 2020. You get heavy legs. "I was telling the people 'just tell me which one is his drink or my drink, just point to my drink'".

Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba, who were first and second respectively in 2017, threatened to break Paula Radcliffe's world-record time but faded over the second half of the course.

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Cheruiyot came home in an unofficial personal best 2 hours, 18 minutes, 30 seconds, meaning that Paul Radcliffe's 2:15.25 "mixed-gender" race world record remains intact.

3-Tadelech Bekele (ETI) 2:21.40. "I can't do any better than what I did", he said.

The thousands of sun-bathed British fans had already found plenty to cheer as David Weir outsprinted Marcel Hug to clinch an eighth wheelchair crown on his 19th appearance at the race, while Madison de Rozario claimed Australia's first women's wheelchair title as she snatched victory from four-time champion Tatyana McFadden.

"Everything know is going to be focussed on the European Championships in Berlin and I believe I've got the chance to medal".

Despite struggling at the end and gritting his teeth for the final few miles, the 35-year-old broke the tape in 2.06.32, taking more than 40 seconds faster off Jones's 1985 time.

Sir Mo said he would spend time with his family after not seeing his children due to a strict training regime in Ethiopia during the last three months.

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