Eliud Kipchoge Wins 2019 London Marathon

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Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s title at this morning’s London Marathon in a course record of 2:02:37. He took the lead for good in the 25th mile and defeated runner-up Mosinet Geremew by 18 seconds. Kipchoge, the world record-holder and reigning Olympic champion, became the first man to win four London titles.

Kipchoge headed a 10-man pack that reached halfway in 1:01:37. British record-holder Mo Farah sat at the back of that pack with his own pacer in addition to the three the race supplied for the lead men’s group. Farah drifted farther behind Kipchoge as the Kenyan took control of the race past 25K. Farah finished fifth in 2:05:39.

Kipchoge’s time is the second fastest in history on a record-eligible course. Geremew, of Ethiopia, is now the second-fastest man in history. Mule Wasihun, also of Ethiopia, finished third in 2:03:16 and is now seventh on the all-time list.

Kipchoge, age 34, won London in 2015, 2016, 2018. Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway is the only other four-time winner of London. Kipchoge set the world record of 2:01:39 at the Berlin Marathon last September. His only defeat in the marathon was to Wilson Kipsang at Berlin in 2013.

This story will be updated.

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