London Marathon - only one second denied DAP's Vincent Kipchumba of Kenya from taking the victory on Sunday 04

 

Rain and cold conditions contributed to slower times seen in this edition, but few could have predicted that pre race favorite Eliud Kipchoge, world record holder, would finish more than five minutes outside his own record in the men's race; won by Ethiopia's Shura Kitata in 2h05'41" with our Vincent Kipchumba of Kenya and Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia taking second and third places with a time of 2h05'42" and 2h05'45" respectively.

After Kenenisa Bekele, who was expected to challenge for the title, pulled out of the race with a calf injury on Friday, Kipchoge was expected to cruise to victory,

But the Kenyan was unable to keep up with the pace with two laps to go, and the trio of Kitata, Kipchumba and Lemma took the advantage and were all neck to neck on the final straight before 24-year-old Kitata out-kicked his rivals and crossed the line just a second ahead of Kipchumba and four seconds in front of Lemma.

 

 

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