Published On: Sun, Apr 28th, 2019

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London Marathon: Latest news and pictures from the Marathon (Image: REUTERS)

The London Marathon sees some 40,000 runners take to the streets of London today.

The elite racing is over with Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya winning the men’s race ahead of Mo Farah who had to settle for fifth place.

In the women’s there was joy for Brigid Kosgei, who had finished second last year and won it this time around.

Reigning champion Vivian Cheruiyot finished second and Mary Keitany came second.


Eight-time winner David Weir was unable to add another honour to his portfolio as Dan Romanchuk won the men’s wheelchair race and Manuela Schar won the women’s event.

There was a worrying moment as Hayley Carruthers collapsed on the finish line but she is expected to be fine.

And Farah was talking afterwards about his performance.

“I felt great at the start,” he said “I felt great halfway, but when the pacemakers dropped out at 20 miles, they got a gap on me and that gap was hard to close … from 20 miles the wheels came off and I was just hanging in there, to be honest.”

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Follow the latest action and the see the latest pics here.


Eliud Kipchoge talks about his victory

Eliud Kipchoge won the London Marathon for an incredible FOURTH time.

He said: ”I’m happy to win on the streets of London for the fourth time and to make history, on a day that the event has raised £1bn.

“The crowd in London is wonderful and that spirit pushed me. from the first kilometre to the last, everybody is shouting. I’m happy to cross the line.

On his next race: “As usual, I do not chase two rabbits, I only chase one and that was London. I have caught that rabbit so I will discuss with my team what follows. The second option is still open.”

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London Marathon: Eliud Kipchoge won the elite men’s race (Image: REUTERS)

Mo Farah reflects

Mo Farah admits he was disappointed to finish fifth after failing to keep pace with Eliud Kipchoge.

“I felt great at the start, was just with the pacemakers trying to do as less work as possible and sit back,” he said on the BBC.

“I felt great halfway, but when the pacemakers dropped out at 20 miles, they got a gap on me and that gap was hard to close.

“My aim was to reel them back, not let them get far ahead. But from 20 miles the wheels came off and I was just hanging in there, to be honest.

“It’s an incredible time and the better man won on the day.

“I’m definitely disappointed, training went well but it’s one of those days.

“It didn’t distract me at all, I was concentrating on the race. What I said is the truth.

“I put my head down and did what I need to do.”

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London Marathon: Mo Farah was disappointed to finish fifth in the London Marathon (Image: PA)

Eliud Kipchoge WINS

Eliud Kipchoge has won the London Marathon AGAIN with his second first race of all time.

Mo Farah finishes in fifth in a disappointing performance.

He never really got close to Kipchoge as soon as he upped the ante.

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London Marathon: Eliud Kipchoge has won the Marathon again (Image: REUTERS)

Hayley Carruthers collapse on the finish line

Hayley Carruthers collapsed on the finish line after completing a personal best at the London Marathon.

She was coming to the line but fell to her knees just moments before.

BBC commentator Steve Cram said she was ok, and even before she went to the floor he was talking about how tired she looked.

“A brave effort, this young lady is still learning the Marathon and this morning I saw her she was full enthusiasm,” he said as she came down the home straight.

“She went off really quickly it has to be said and look she’s paying for it now.

“She’s still going to run a personal best here but she’s struggling to get to the finish line but hale had a go today she had a real go.”

He then said: “I hope haley’s ok, she looks very, very tired.”

And as she dropped to her knees before crawling over the finish line he said: “Oh they need to get her help there. She’ll be ok.

“Well done Hayley. Hayley has just run a personal best. She’s ok. she knows she has to get across the line.”

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London Marathon: Hayley Carruthers collapsed on the finish line (Image: REUTERS)

Brigid Kosgei WINS

Brigid Kosgei has broken a personal best and won the women’s London Marathon.

She strolled through the rope with none of her competitors in sight.

Vivian Cheruiyot does come in second.

Kosgei ran the quickest ever second half of the marathon.

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London Marathon: Brigid Kosgei wins the women’s race (Image: PA)

Not looking good for Mo

Mo Farah has fallen well back from the pace setters in the men’s elite race.

He is struggling to stay in the hunt and could already out of contention with Eliud Kipchoge turning it on.

Paula Radcliffe thinks he’s taking the right approach though, she said: “You have to be smart in the marathon and understand what your body can run on that given day. If you go beyond it, you are going too fast, so it’s best to stay within that line.

“That is what Mo Farah is doing. It’s better to run where he is currently running and hope that there are men in that leading group who cannot maintain their current pace.”

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London Marathon: Mo Farah is falling behind in the race for the men’s elite title (Image: REUTERS)

Manuela Schar WINS

Manuela Schar has won the women’s wheelchair race with a spectacular performance.

Scar has previously won Berlin, Chicago, New York and Tokyo and now adds London to her portfolio.

The Swiss athlete finished well ahead of second and third who were still racing five minutes after she was done.

four-time winner of the London Marathon Tatyana McFadden finishes second just ahead of the Australian 2018 winner Madison de Rozario.

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London Marathon: Manuela Schar wins the women’s wheelchair race (Image: PA)

Dan Romanchuk WINS

Dan Romanchuk has won the men’s wheelchair race with an incredible ride.

He beats Marcel Hug in second with Tomoki Suzuki third. David Weir meanwhile has to settle for fifth place.

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London Marathon: Daniel Romanchuk wins the men’s wheelchair race (Image: REUTERS)

Farah off and running

So Mo Farah is underway as he looks to win his first London Marathon.

He kicked off at 10.10am and is looking to build on his Chicago success.

It won’t be easy with Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge so strong over this course but the crowd would love to see a home winner.

Elsewhere David Weir is out of contention in the men’s wheelchair race.

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London Marathon: Mo Farah gets underway (Image: PA)

Farah looking to turn negative headlines around

Mo Farah’s coach Gary Lough said he felt he could turn the negative headlines surrounding the hotel incident into a positive.

Lough told the BBC: “He’s not shy at having a little bit of a distraction. I’m a bit disappointed that some of the stuff is kind of questioning his reputation, his character.

“Maybe it didn’t come out in the right way but for him to get it off his chest and to be able to focus on this is by far for me the best scenario this week.”

Lough added: “There have been a lot of allegations, mostly unfounded, exaggeration.

“It’s not all lies, Mo’s not an angel. There was a little bit of something that happened.”

Meanwhile a host of celebs are preparing to get underway after the elite men this morning.

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London Marathon: Helen Skelton is running the London Marathon (Image: GETTY)

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London Marathon: Natalie Cassidy is running in London today (Image: GETTY)

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London Marathon: Chris Evans (centre) with the Team Barbara’s Revolutionaries (Image: PA)

Can Mo make history?

Former Daily Express Athletics Correspondent, and current Sports News Editor, Richard Lewis sets the scene ahead of the elite men’s race as Mo Farah goes in search of glory on the roads of London.

It is 26 years since a British man last won the London Marathon. Could this morning be the time when Sir Mo Farah bridges that gap?

Britain’s greatest long distance runner finds himself in a different position as he lines up on the start line because he is there as a marathon champion for the first time.

His victory in Chicago last October came in a European record time of 2:06:21 and after his third in London 12 months ago and eighth in 2014 showed just how much he has the temperament for this gruelling 26.2 miles.

But if he is to follow the long time glory of Eamonn Martin from 1993, as the last British men’s champion, he must produce one of the most remarkable performance of his careers.

And that is saying something for an athlete who is a four-times Olympic track gold medallist.

Today Farah must once more overcome the brilliant Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, who is aiming to become the first man to win this race on four occasions.

He shares the record of three wins with Dionicio Ceron, of Mexico, Portugal’s Antonio Pinto and fellow Kenyan Martin Lel.

And Kipchoge is here with his sensational world record of 2:01:39 in Berlin last September to his name.

Suddenly that was a performance which showed that one day, maybe not just yet, that the two hour barrier will be broken.

Kipchoge is here as the defending champion having also won the race in 2015 and 2016 and the fact he has run the distance almost five minutes quicker than Farah, is the equivalent of an extra mile!

But not even the best can judge what could happen to the body during two hours of such intense drama.

It is why the marathon is such a fascinating, dramatic race.

Last year Farah was third but he has become accustomed to winning on the track in London and victory would propel him to a new level.

Standby, it should be something special.

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London Marathon: Mo Farah is hoping to win his first London Marathon (Image: REUTERS)

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London Marathon: Mo Farah is up against the greatest marathon runner in history in Eliud Kipchoge (Image: REUTERS)

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London Marathon: Mo Farah is going for greatness (Image: REUTERS)

Andy Murray update

Andy Murray was talking on the BBC before he starts the elite men’s race at the London Marathon.

And the tennis star was in a good mood as he continues his recovery from injury.

“It’s really good actually, no pain anymore,” Murray said.

“I’m just a bit weak from where I got cut down the side of my leg for the operation. I’m doing well, happy and pain free, enjoying my life.

“I’ve been hitting a few balls from a stationary position but I’m still quite a long way from testing it properly, running around the court, but I just have to see what happens.

“I don’t feel any pressure of needing to come back and play again but if my body feels good and I’m pain free then I’ll give it a go.”

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London Marathon: Andy Murray was talking ahead of the London Marathon (Image: GETTY)

Women’s elite race underway

Vivian Cheruiyot is one to watch in the women’s race as it gets underway this morning, while Brigid Kosgei could be another after her success in Chicago.

Cheruiyot is the defending champions and thinks she’s in even better shape than last year.

“I am in better shape because last year I changed things and the programme of last year and this year has been the same,” says the 2016 Olympic 5000m champion, who made her marathon debut in London in 2017.

“We normally compare (the training of) last year and this year and I did better than last year which means I am in better shape than last year so I am happy about that.

“I also did a personal best at the half-marathon in Lisbon so I think I am going to run good on Sunday.”

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London Marathon: Vivian Cheruiyot is the favourite in the elite women’s race (Image: REX)

Nightmare in wheelchair race

Colombia’s Francisco Sanclemente suffers a nightmare start to his marathon in the men’s elite wheelchair race.

The gun went but he stayed still and was trying to get his wheelchair off and running.

David Weir is the big favourite and before the race he said: “The prize money is going up and we are part of the world series now. It just makes the athletes feel wanted and part of a major world series.

“When I was growing up, you were stared at like you were an alien but it has changed people’s mindset on disability. We are just as good as the Mo Farah’s and the Paula Radcliffe’s of this world. I’m in good shape and I have listened to my body. I’m ready.”

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London Marathon: The London Marathon is underway (Image: FOCUS IMAGES)

Farah going for glory

Mo Farah is looking to win the race on his third try after finishing third last year.

Farah wants to London fans to help him out though.

“All I can ask from the crowd is to give me as much information as possible, as I go through the last 10 miles in particular,” he told Sky News. “If I’m leading, if I’m behind, the more information I have the easier it is.

“This race means a lot to me. I finished third last year and this year I believe I can give it a little bit more.”

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London Marathon: Mo Farah is hoping to win the Marathon on his third attempt (Image: GETTY)

London Marathon schedule

The order of play today for the pros is as follows:

9.05am – Elite Wheelchair Races

9.10am – World Para Athletics Marathon Championships Ambulant Athletes

9.25am – The Elite Women’s Race

10.10am – The Elite Men’s Race, British Athletics & England Athletics Marathon Championships and Mass Race

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London Marathon: Paula Radcliffe leaving the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show (Image: GETTY)

London Marathon LIVE updates

So we’re here again London. It’s Marathon day and the weather looks pretty good for those running this year.

The heat of last weekend has died down and we have a generally overcast day in the capital.

There could be spits of rain but temperature is a fairly comfortable 15 degrees.

Wind is currently as 14mph which shouldn’t cause too many problems while humidity is 58%.

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