Kenyans sweep London Marathon titles
WORLD record holder Wilson Kipsang and twice world champion Edna Kiplagat led the Kenyan domination at the London Marathon yesterday as Britain's Mo Farah toiled on his highly-anticipated debut.
Farah, the world and Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion, came home eighth as Kipsang secured a second London title with a course record 2hr 4min 29sec.
He kicked clear of compatriot Stanley Biwott, who was 26 seconds back with Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede third.
Farah, who was never in contention after dropping behind the leaders from the start, gritted his teeth to cross in 2hr 8min 21sec, outside the British record of 2hr 7min 13sec set by Steve Jones in 1985.
"I will be back," he told the BBC. "I'm not going to finish it like this. I gave it my all but I'm disappointed I didn't go out there and give what the crowd deserves.
"It was pretty tough. I'm quite disappointed but you try things and if they don't work, at least you gave it a go. I missed one drink station but it was really just the pace - I should have gone with the front group. The pacemakers were slightly ahead of me but you learn - life goes on."
Edna Kiplagat won her first London title after finishing runner-up in the past two years, getting the better of compatriot Florence Kiplagat in the final 200m to win in 2hr 20min 21sec.
Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, making her marathon debut after a glittering track career, was third, 14 seconds behind the winner.