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Eliud Kipchoge wins third London Marathon, Mo Farah breaks record

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates with second placed Ethiopian Tola Shura and third placed Mo Farah of Britain after the men's elite race in the London Marathon, April 22, 2018. /REUTERS
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates with second placed Ethiopian Tola Shura and third placed Mo Farah of Britain after the men's elite race in the London Marathon, April 22, 2018. /REUTERS

Eliud Kipchoge defied soaring temperatures to win the London Marathon for a third time on Sunday, while Mo Farah finished in an impressive third place, breaking the British record in the process.

Kipchoge raced out of the start, with the leading group registering a blistering opening mile of four minutes 22 seconds, but the Kenyan could not maintain that pace as temperatures rose over 20 degrees Celsius.

Farah, who overcame early problems with his drinks bottle, fell well behind Kipchoge but still registered a time of 2:06:32 to break Steve Jones’s British record achieved in 1985.

Having taken a break from the London Marathon last year to try to run a sub-two-hour marathon in Italy, Kipchoge returned to add to his 2015 and 2016 titles with ease.

He finished ahead of Ethiopia’s Tola Shura in 2:04:27, two-and-a-half minutes off Dennis Kimmetto’s world record.

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