Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei has won the women’s London Marathon, beating home the world record holder, Brigid Kosgei.  Kosgei, was aiming to become the first woman to win three consecutive London Marathon titles since Germany’s Katrin Doerre in 1994, but she managed just fourth.

Jepkosgei’s winning time was a personal-best of 2hr 17min 43sec. Ethiopia’s Degitu Azimeraw finished second in 2:17.58 and Ashete Bekere was third in 2:18.18.

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In the men’s race Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma took the win, beating home a stacked field that included names such as Birhanu Legese. Kenya’s Vincent Kipchumba finished second, for the second time in a row clocking 2:04.28 and Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew came third stopping the clock at 2:04.41.

 

Fastest Ever Debut by Wellings

Australian Eloise Wellings has posted the fastest ever debut marathon by an Australian woman. She clocked 2:29.42 for 14th. Wellings becomes the 13th Australian woman ever to run sub-2:30 for the Marathon. Her time was just 12 seconds shy of the world champs qualifying standard.

 

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Sinead Diver 2:27 for 12th

Only seven short weeks after finishing 10th at the Olympics, Sinead Diver has produced another amazing performance.  Diver finished 12th, two spots ahead of Wellings. Diver clocked 2:27.15.  The time is a bit off her PB of 2:24.11 set in 2019, but with such a short recovery post Olympics it is truly impressive. Diver was quick to praise Charlotte Purdue, who ran an amazing 2:23:26. Purdue is the UK’s best marathon runner in many years.

 

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