Mo Farah comes up short as Eliud Kipchoge wins London marathon

London marathon 2018

STEVE REIGATECharley Hall 19 in Southsea Hampshire yesterday

Farah came home in a time of two hours, six minutes and 32 seconds, comfortably inside Welshman Steve Jones' previous best of 2:07:13 for a Briton over the distance, set at the 1985 Chicago Marathon.

He managed to lead the pack past the 10 km mark and managed to keep the pace ahead of his pacemakers and managed to stave off competition from Ethiopia's Tura who was victor of last year's Frankfurt Marathon and compatriot, Kenenisa Bekele who was touted as a clear favorite. On the road towards Tokyo 2020 it may well prove perfectly paced: "You have to go with the pace in a race like that, so happy with the way I ran, and the time" Farah told BBC afterwards.

"I am knackered", said the 35-year-old, who broke the British marathon record.

"Especially as this will happen 110 years after the 1908 Olympic marathon was started at Windsor Castle by the then Princess Mary, grandmother to The Queen". "When I was talking to the bike, I was telling them to tell the table to point at my drink".

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She explained: "Towards London we could still reach temperatures of 23 degrees and it will feel pretty humid as well so if you are running the London Marathon this is something to bear in mind". 'I saw Mary and I got her and I thought: "‘yes, today I am going to be a victor of the London Marathon"'.

"The older I get, my endurance is getting better". Some of the staff tried to take a picture rather than give me a drink at the start.

Race organisers had previously urged runners to reconsider aiming for personal bests and suggested ditching fancy dress costumes. "So I raced like that".

After nine miles Keitany and main rival Dibaba were 25 seconds ahead of Radcliffe's time. In unusually warm conditions, first Dibaba and then Keitany dropped off the pace, allowing the 2016 Olympic 5,000m gold medallist to claim victory. But Dibaba was soon reduced to a walking pace to leave Keitany with only her two male pacemakers for company.

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Eliud Kipchoge has won the London Marathon for the third time, while there was a surprise victory for Vivian Cheruiyot in the women's race.

"I've beaten some good runners".

"I didn't want to race against anybody, I wanted to race alone".

Her compatriot Kurt Fearnley came fifth in the men's event, following a thrilling three-way dash for first that saw England's David Weir storm to an eighth victory.

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