NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Former two-time world marathon champion Abel
Kirui of Kenya expressed his disappointment in missing out on
his third attempt to win the London marathon.
Speaking to Xinhua
on Monday, Kirui rallied to finish fourth in 2:07:07 on Sunday
beating last year’s runner-up Kenenisa Bekele (2:08:53) and
reigning champion Daniel Wanjiru (2:10:35) to sixth and eighth
“I hoped for the
podium but I am satisfied with fourth. My time of 2:07:07 was my
fastest since 2009,” said Kirui.
The Kenyan had hoped
for a podium slot after finishing fourth last year, but again he
had to watch as Mo Farah claimed the third slot on the podium
leaving him to fight another day.
“I’m happy for Mo
Farah who was third on the podium. I will have my chance soon,”
he said. The 35-year-old added that he is recovering and will
confirm his next race date soon.
In London, Kirui
became only fifth man in history to run 14 marathons clocking
below the two hours and 10 minutes mark in road running career.
He joins Tsegaye
Kebede (18), Emmanuel Mutai (14), Feyisa Lelisa (14) and Jaouad
Gharib (14) on the honor list.
Records fall at
this year’s London Marathon
LONDON United Kingdom (Xinhua) --
A total of 40,255 runners completed the London
Marathon after record number of participants left the starting
line of the London Marathon on Sunday morning.
It is the first time
that the London Marathon has registered more than 40,000
finishers during the hottest race day on record, beating last
year’s record total by 768 runners.
41,003 runners set
off on the 42.195-kilometer journey from east London’s
Blackheath to Westminster at 10:00am on Sunday morning. The
runners were sent on their way by the Queen, who pushed the
event’s red button in front of Windsor Castle as a hooter
sounded over the heads of the men’s elite field.
Eliud Kipchoge of
Kenya became the first person to finish the race and became only
the third three-time men’s champion and cemented his status as
the king of the roads. Kipchoge clocked a time of 2:04:17 and
the women’s race was won by his compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot who
finished with a time of 2:18:31.
There were 34
Guinness world records as runners cautiously braved temperatures
of up to 24 degrees Celsius in all manner of fancy dress
Among them was Rob
Pope, who set the record for the fastest marathon in a film
costume as he took to the streets of London dressed as Forrest
Gump and clocked a near-elite time of 2:36:28.
pioneer, 71-year old Kathrine Switzer, completed her first
London Marathon with a time of 4:44:49. The oldest runner of
all, Samuel Starbrook, 87, was some way back with a time of
Kipchoge wins third London Marathon title
LONDON United Kingdom (Xinhua) --
Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge won the London
Marathon for a third time while his compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot
took the women’s race here on Sunday.
champion and local favorite Mo Farah, competing in his first
marathon after retiring from the track after the 2017 world
championships, broke the British record and finished third.
as one of the greatest marathon runners of all time, beat
Ethiopia’s Tola Shura Kitata and Farah to win his third race in
four years in two hours four minutes and 17 seconds in
record-high temperatures of 23.2 degrees Celsius.
became the third man after compatriot Martin Lel and Mexican
Dionicio Ceron to win the London Marathon three times.
Kitarta was 32
seconds behind for the second and Farah crossed the line in
2:06:21 to beat Steve Jones’ 33-year-old British record.
Cheruiyot, who was
expected to beat Paula Radcliffe’s world record, won the women’s
title in an personal best 2:18:31, more than three minutes
slower than the 2:15:25 four-time British Olympian Radcliffe ran
champion Cheruiyot ran her first marathon in London last year
and finished fourth overall before winning in Frankfurt in
Kosgei finished second in 2:20:13, with Ethiopia’s Tadelech
Bekele third in 2:21:30.