Mo Farah breaks British record as he finishes third in London marathon

Mo Farah breaks British record as he finishes third in London marathon

Mo Farah breaks British record as he finishes third in London marathon

Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot celebrates winning the elite women's race of the 2018 London Marathon on April 22, 2018.

Having taken a break from the London Marathon past year to try to run a sub-two-hour marathon in Italy, Mr Kipchoge returned to add to his 2015 and 2016 titles easily, two-and-a-half minutes off Dennis Kimmetto's world record.

An fantastic 40,000 took part in the 26.2 mile race in 2017, a record number, and 2018 may well top this.

Kipchoge, 33, saw off the challenge of Ethiopia's Tola Shura Kitata and home favourite Mo Farah to win his third London marathon in four years in a time of 2 hrs 4 min 27 sec, finishing more than half a minute in front of Kitata (2:05:00), with Farah third (2:06:32).

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Farah told the BBC after the race that he felt "knackered". It's weird that my endurance pace has got a lot better as I've got older. "I haven't seen my kids in three months and I am excited to see them".

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

Keitany, who set the womens world record in London last year, ran this years race with the aid of male pacemakers, as Radcliffe did in 2003 when setting the unsurpassed time of 2:15.25 to break the mixed race record.

Brigid Kosgei of Kenya was second with Tadelech Bekele of Ethiopia third.

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While the race began in the southeast London district of Blackheath, the official starter for the men's race was more than 30 miles (48 kilometer) to the west of the British capital.

The 35-year-old - who achieved the Olympic double of 5000/10000 metres champion twice - couldn't hope for a better send off in his second tilt at his home marathon than for Queen Elizabeth II due to press the start button from a specially erected podium at Windsor Castle.

The six-time Paralympic gold medallist won in one hour 31 minutes 15 seconds with Switzerland's Marcel Hug second and American Daniel Romanchuk third.

The women's race was won by Australia's Madison De Rozario, who held off America's Tatyana McFadden in a tight finish.

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