Women’s World record holder and defending champion Brigid Kosgei has won the 40th edition of London Marathon.
Kosgei retained her London Marathon title after finishing the race 2:18:58.
American Sarah Hall spoiled Kenyan’s party after flooring Ruth Chepng’etich to clinch the second position.
Deputy President William Ruto and ODM boss Raila Odinga led Kenyans in celebrating Kosgei on defending her title.
“What an outstanding run, congratulations Brigid Kosgei on successfully defending your title and winning the #LondonMarathon. You have lived up to the strong Kenyan tradition in distance running. Keep going and keep inspiring. Hongera!” Raila tweeted.
“Congratulations Brigid Kosgei & Ruth Chepng’etich for triumphantly defending your London Marathon title & emerging third in the race, respectively. Your endurance, mental strength, will-power & assiduity are a solid manifest that Kenya is home to the world’s top-ranking athletes.” Ruto stated.
The London Marathon took place around St James’s Park in central London, with the women’s race the first on the cards.
Sara was in 3rd, Chepngetich in second but her last 5k (to 40k) was 18:13, Sara’s split was 17:11.
Sara kept the momentum going and closed on Chepngetich, AND PASSED her in the home stretch! So proud of her build up and her effort today!
— Josh Cox (@JoshCox) October 4, 2020
This year’s event is an elite-athlete only event run due to coronavirus restrictions.
The event does not also have thousands of charity runners and even more people cheering them on from the pavements.
At the moment, Eliud Kipchoge is defending his crown as the king of long distance track.