On Sunday morning, one of the most talented fields to ever run a London Marathon competed in the 26.2, with Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang crossing the finish line first to win the second London Marathon of his career.
Kipsang, who won the bronze medal in the 2012 London Summer Olympics, finished with a time of 2:04:29, which was a new course record and well ahead of second-place finisher Stanley Biwott, also of Kenya.
Another notable runner in the field was Mo Farrah, who was the 2012 Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion.It was Farrah’s marathon debut, and he had a solid performance in his first 26.2 mile race with an eighth-place finish.
“I’m not going to finish it like this. I gave it my all but I’m disappointed I didn’t go out there and give what the crowd deserve,” Farrah said, via BBC Sports.
“It was pretty tough. I’m disappointed but you try things and sometimes it doesn’t work – you have to give it a go. You learn – life goes on.”
On the women’s side, Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat finished first, with countrywoman Florence Kiplagat in second and Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba in third. It was Dibaba’s marathon debut.