Kipchoge wins London Marathon for record 4th time

Kipchoge wins London Marathon for record 4th time
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge wins the first place in the men's race at the 39th London Marathon in London, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON (AP) — Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the London Marathon for a record fourth time Sunday in the second-fastest time ever, and compatriot Brigid Kosgei swept to victory by almost two minutes in the women’s race.

The 34-year-old Kipchoge pulled clear in the final 10 minutes to complete the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) course in 2 hours, 2 minutes, 37 seconds on a blustery day in the British capital. Only he has run a marathon quicker than that, when breaking the world record in Berlin in September in a time of 2:01:39.

Kosgei bettered her second-place finish in last year’s race by winning in 2:18:20 for her second victory in the World Marathon Majors, after Chicago last year.

Compatriot and defending champion Vivian Cheruiyot finished in a time of 2:20:14 and Roza Dereje of Ethiopia was third, 37 seconds further back.

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