Kipchoge wins London Marathon as Farah breaks British Record

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Farah, who overcame early problems with his drinks bottle, fell well behind Kipchoge but still registered a time of 2:06:21 to break Steve Jones's British record achieved in 1985.

He managed to lead the pack past the 10 km mark and managed to keep the pace ahead of his pacemakers and managed to stave off competition from Ethiopia's Tura who was victor of last year's Frankfurt Marathon and compatriot, Kenenisa Bekele who was touted as a clear favorite.

"I'll have some time off now but not as much as previous year".

A record 386,050 people applied for this year's race - nearly a third more than last year and the highest number for any marathon in the world.

Farah was in a far better mood discussing his result, lightheartedly suggesting he could compete in the Athletics World Championships in Doha next year.

"I wasn't wasting energy, I just needed a drink".

Chairman of London Marathon Events Ltd, Sir John Spurling, said, "We are deeply honoured that Her Majesty The Queen has accepted the invitation to start the 2018 London Marathon".

"I didn't go with the faster group because the faster group was quicker than I was at the start", Cheruiyot told the BBC. "I had to get it right".

"I gave 110% like I always do". I can't do any better than what I did.

"My aim is to run another marathon in the autumn and then see what happens in the summer of 2019".

Cheruiyot took advantage of failed attempts to break Paula Radcliffe's 15-year-old world record by last year's victor Mary Keitany and runner-up Tirunesh Dibaba. She overtook the struggling Keitany after the 35 kilometer mark.

Keitany was a colossal 32 seconds ahead of Radcliffe's 10-mile time, with Ethiopian rival Tirunesh Dibaba for company. 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.

However, after Dibaba pulled up and withdrew from the race, Keitany slowed dramatically, with her 5:50 22nd-mile time proving costly as Cheruiyot stormed past her fellow Kenyan to snatch a surprising victory in 2:18.31.

"I've beaten some good runners. I want to thank everyone out there for their support".

British racer David Weir took first-place in the men's wheelchair race.

In a carbon-copy of last year's sprint finish the 38-year-old pipped Switzerland's Marcel Hug into second place.

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