Kipsang and Kiplagat reign supreme for Kenya in London Marathon 2014
The sun-bathed British capital was treated to a wonderful demonstration of world class marathon running this morning as world record holder Wilson Kipsang broke the men’s course record to regain the Virgin Money London Marathon title he won two years ago, while two-times world champion Edna Kiplagat made it third time lucky as she finally claimed the women’s crown after finishing runner-up for the last two years.
Both led Kenyan one-twos as Kipsang shrugged off Stanley Biwott in the last mile of the race to cross the line 26 seconds clear in 2:04:29, while Kiplagat won a duel in the sun against her namesake Florence Kiplagat to win by three seconds in 2:20:21.
It was yet another day of Kenyan dominance in London as their great east African rivals from Ethiopia had to be satisfied with two third places, defending men’s champion Tsegaye Kebede taking his fifth podium finish in six races here, and marathon first-timer Tirunesh Dibaba clinching third in the women’s, just 14 seconds behind the winner.
By contrast, the much anticipated debut of Mo Farah ended in disappointment as the double world and Olympic champion track champion failed in his bid to break the long-standing British record, finishing tired and drained in eighth place, his time of 2:08:21 more than a minute outside his target. Source: http://lrn.london-marathon.com/