Kenya’s Kipchoge wins record fourth London Marathon

Kipchoge finished ahead of the Ethiopian duo of Mosinet Geremew and Mule Wasihun
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 28: Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya crosses the line to win the Men’s Elite race during the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon in the United Kingdom on April 28, 2019 in London, England Kate Green / Anadolu Agency

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge has won the London Marathon to become the first man to win the event four times while setting a new course record in the process.

Kipchoge won his record-extending 10th straight elite marathon in his first 26.2-miler since setting the world record of 2:01:39 in Berlin last year.

“It feels strange to be considered the most successful elite man in racing,” Kipchoge said, according to race organizers. “It was a very tactical race as everyone was there, but I know how to win this race, and I was confident and didn’t feel it was in doubt at any point.”

Kipchoge finished ahead of the Ethiopian duo of Mosinet Geremew and Mule Wasihun while four-time Olympic track champion Mo Farah was fifth.

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On the women’s side, another Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won her first London Marathon as she crossed the line over a minute ahead of second-placed defending champion Vivian Cheruiyot.

Kosgei posted the fastest second half of a women’s marathon in history (66:42) to become the seventh-fastest woman of all time.

The London Marathon marked the final major marathon of the spring. The fall season begins in Berlin on Sept. 29.

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