London Marathon : Jemima Sumgong & Eliud Kipchoge win elite races

Posted on:25 Apr 2016 14:30:20
London Marathon : Jemima Sumgong & Eliud Kipchoge win elite races
25 April 2016 Current Affairs: Jemima Sumgong recovered from a fall to win the women’s London Marathon as fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge retained the men’s title in the second-fastest time in history. Sumgong, 31, banged her head when tripped by Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia as they approached a water station. She rejoined the leading group before taking her first London title in two hours 22 minutes 58 seconds. Kipchoge, 31, won in 2:03:04, only seven seconds outside the world record. His time has been bettered only by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, who ran 2:02:57 in 2014 in Berlin, which is acknowledged as a quicker course.

Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men’s wheelchair race ahead of Britain’s Paralympic champion David Weir in third, while American Tatyana McFadden won the women’s race for a fourth consecutive year. The 36th London Marathon saw an estimated 39,698 runners line up for the 26.2-mile course.

London Marathon : The London Marathon (presently known through sponsorship as the Virgin Money London Marathon) is a long-distance running event held in London, United Kingdom, part of the World Marathon Majors. The event was first run on 29 March 1981 and has been held in the spring of every year since. The race was founded by the former Olympic champion and journalist Chris Brasher and athlete John Disley.

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