Eliud Kipchoge secured a fourth London Marathon title in five years, setting a new course record in a superb victory as Sir Mo Farah could only finish fifth.
The Kenyan surged clear of Ethiopian duo Mosinet Geremew and Mule Wasihun in the last two miles to claim another marathon crown in his first competitive outing since breaking the World Record in Berlin last year.
Farah was distanced early, failing to stay with a four-man leading group and finishing outside of the personal best he set in London last year. It marked a disappointing end to an eventful week dominated by Farah’s spat with fellow distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie.
Kipchoge’s winning time of 2:02:37 is the second fastest in marathon history, while Geremew and Wasihun both broke their personal bests, finishing with the fastest second and third place marathon finishes respectively.
Brigid Kosgei had earlier impressively won the Elite Women’s Race to complete a Kenyan double, breaking defending champion and compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot’s resolve with a series of attacks, eventually breaking free to become the youngest female champion with a time of 02:18:20.
Great Britain’s Lily Partridge finished a commendable tenth, recording her best marathon time and all-but-securing her place at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
It was disappointment for David Weir, failing to figure among the medal places in his bid for a ninth title in the Elite Men’s Wheelchair Race, America’s rising star Daniel Romanchuk winning a third major marathon crown with a well-timed sprint finish.
Manuela Schar completed her sweep of the majors with victory in the women’s event, putting the rest of the field out of sight early into the race and securing a comprehensive win.