Kenya’s Kipchoge thanks wonderful crowd after third London Marathon win

Kipchoge has now won nine career marathons - including Hamburg, Rotterdam, Chicago, London, Berlin and Rio - he holds the London course record during his victor

Athletics - London Marathon - London, Britain - April 22, 2018 Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after winning the men's elite race REUTERS/Paul Childs - RC17A4BE9350

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won his third London Marathon during the 2018 edition of the event held on Sunday. He beat off competition from Ethiopia’s Tola Kitata and United Kingdom’s Mo Farah who finished second and third respectively.

He took a break from the London Marathon last year after winning it for two years in a row, between 2015 and 2016. He sacrificed London for an Italian Marathon where he tried to run sub-two-hours. His time of 02:04:17 was just two-and-a-half minutes off Dennis Kimmetto’s world record.

According to Reuters, Kipchoge raced out of the start, with the leading group registering a blistering opening mile of four minutes 22 seconds, but saw his flying start drop as temperatures rose over 20 degrees Celsius.

Farah finished third but with a British record time. He overcame early setbacks that put him way behind leader Kipchoge but still registered a time of 2:06:32 to break Steve Jones’s British record achieved in 1985.

Kipchoge has now won nine career marathons – including Hamburg, Rotterdam, Chicago, London, Berlin and Rio – he holds the London course record during his victory in 2016.

2016 Berlin Marathon winner Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele was targeting a first victory in the London edition but he ended up at sixth position with a time of 02:08:53.

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