Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

London Marathon: Madison de Rozario wins women's wheelchair event in high temperatures

London Marathon: Madison de Rozario wins women's wheelchair event in high temperatures

Eliud Kipchoge won the men's marathon for the third time while his countrywoman, Vivian Cheruiyot, won the women's race for the first.

"On the track it took me a few years to get it right", said Farah, at age 35 his time of 2:06:21 still well inside Steve Jones's 33-year-old British record of 2:07:13.

The Olympic 5,000m champion, who was fourth in the event a year ago, finished ahead of compatriot Brigid Kosgei, with Tadelech Bekele of Ethiopia rounding out the top three.

Last year's victor Mary Keitany and runner-up Tirunesh Dibaba clearly had Radcliffe's record on their minds but the sweltering conditions proved too much and allowed 34-year-old Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot to claim victory.

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The four-time Olympic champion, focusing on road racing after ending his glittering track career, followed Ethiopa's Tola Shura Kitata over the line. Find us on Facebook too! "I didn't go with the faster group because the faster group was quicker than I was at the start", Cheruiyot told the BBC.

'The crowd really got behind me, it was an unbelievable atmosphere.

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Farah said: "I am exhausted because the guys went for it and they were on for world-record pace".

The men's race went out at a blistering pace, and Farah stayed with the group until a weird incident when he missed his drinks bottle around the 10-mile (16-kilometer) mark, which delayed him after a heated exchange with a steward.

"The reason it was so good for me today was because I started slowly".

"I didn't want to race against anybody, I wanted to race alone".

Dibaba trailed Keitany by 23 seconds at halfway mark and 54 seconds at 30km mark and the race tightened on both athletes with the pacesetters encouraging them on. "I promised a attractive race and it was", he added. But Dibaba was soon reduced to a walking pace to leave Keitany with only her two male pacemakers for company.

Six-time Paralympic gold medalist Weir won the men's wheelchair race for an unprecedented eighth time.

Second place in each received $30,000, third got $22,500, fourth $15,000.

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