Published: Tue, April 30, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

London Marathon drama as battling Brit Hayley Carruthers collapses on finishing line

London Marathon drama as battling Brit Hayley Carruthers collapses on finishing line

Eliud Kipchoge has won the Virgin London Marathon - making history as the first man to win four times.

"The crowd in London is wonderful and that spirit pushed me".

Hayley is back in her day job as a cancer research radiographer today and says that because of post-race euphoria she's not had much sleep. "It was hard for me to get my breath but I'm very happy to have done so well".

Kipchoge was marked by an Ethiopian triumvirate of Mosinet Geremew, Mule Wasihun and Shura Kitata as the race swept towards the finale.

Farah's preparations were marked by a dispute with fellow distance-running great Haile Gebrselassie, but the multi-Olympic, world and European champion over 10,000 and 5,000 metres said the dispute was not a distraction during his third London Marathon.

Kenya's Kipchoge made it an incredible 11 marathon wins from 12 races, leading from start to finish to come home in a time of two hours, two minutes and 37 seconds - 58 seconds off his own world record set previous year in Berlin.

"I didn't think the fuss affected my run and I wasn't distracted", Farah said.

Cheruiyot came in second with Roza Dereje of Ethiopia third. "It was all about London today and so I put my head down, did my best.

Had I won the race, it would have been a different story, but I think I will take time to think about the next step".

Diver's training partner, Charlotte Purdue, produced the best British performance of the women's race as well as she stormed home in 2:25:38 to go No.3 on the United Kingdom all-time rankings behind Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi.

"My aim was to try and reel them back but the wheels came off and I was hanging in there".

She crossed the line way out on her own in a personal best time of 2:18:20, adding to her triumph in Chicago past year.

For Kosgei, an impressive time of 02:18:20 was enough to see off a competitive field that could not keep the pace with the 25-year-old athlete.

In the men's race Eliud Kipchoge, also of Kenya, won for the second year in a row and Mo Farah was in fifth.

Like Kosgei, Manuela Schär of Switzerland was a similarly emphatic victor as she took the women's wheelchair race in 1:44:09.

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