Cheruiyot wins London Marathon women's race, Kipchoge gets 3rd men's win

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The Queen started a record 41,000 runners on their way but it was Kipchoge and Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot that dominated in two fascinating races.

But it was a controversial water station mishap that hindered Farah's efforts as he was forced to run back and collect the correct drink.

Kipchoge, the 2015 and 2016 champion, won with a time of 2:04:17 - 2min 20sec off compatriot Dennis Kimmetto's world record - as unusually high temperatures made running conditions hard in the English capital.

Kenyan Kipchoge, who won the race in 2015 and 2016, eventually broke 21-year-old Ethiopian Kitata with three miles to go. "I've got a long way to go in the marathon". It's incredible. It's different pain, different training but I've really enjoyed it.

"I gave it 110%".

According to Reuters, Kipchoge raced out of the start, with the leading group registering a blistering opening mile of four minutes 22 seconds, but saw his flying start drop as temperatures rose over 20 degrees Celsius.

"I was saying to the people on motorbikes to tell the staff to be a bit helpful instead of taking pictures. It's so far-reaching. We fully needed it and not just us - for the community and the rest of the London Fire Brigade who attended".

"Everything know is going to be focussed on the European Championships in Berlin and I believe I've got the chance to medal".

Among them was Rob Pope, who set the record for the fastest marathon in film costume as he took to the streets of London dressed as Forrest Gump and clocked a near-elite time of 2:36:28.

"I'm satisfied with the result", added Farah.

"Just physically doing the 42km felt a lot easier after last weekend and knowing that my body is happy to do it", said de Rozario. "So I raced like that".

Defending champion Mary Keitany went in search of Paula Radcliffe's world record of 2:15:25 but her early pace took its toll and she finished fifth in the women's race in 2:24:37, as fellow Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot won in 2:18:31.

While Keitany was beginning to slow, Dibaba came to a halt altogether in the 19th mile after she was passed by Cheruiyot and Kosgei who then had the leader in their sights. But, unlike 12 months ago when her sole pacemaker Caroline Chepkoech peeled off the course just beyond Tower Bridge, Keitany still had two pacemakers for assistance.

"I feel very surprised still, it's unreal, that was fantastic", De Rozario, told interviewers after the event.

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