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BY NAMULONGO PETER/AFP,22ND APRIL 2018-Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge put up a spirited fight in London On Sunday winning his third London Marathon title in the men race.Kipchoge won the race in in 2 hours, 04 minutes and 16 seconds .
Kipchoge, 33, dropped off Ethiopian Tola Shura Kitata just after the 37km mark, before engaging the final gear to win his ninth career marathon.
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line to win the elite men’s race of the 2018 London Marathon in central London on April 22, 2018. PHOTO | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS |AFP
Kipchoge, who won the 2016 London Marathon in a course record time and personal best of 2:03:05, was eying to break the World Record time of 2:02:57 but failed in his quest.
Kitata, who won the Rome and Frankfurt Marathons last year, finished second (2:05:00), with home athlete Mo Farah coming in third in 2:06:32.
Kipchoge, who won his maiden London Marathon race in 2015 in 2:04:42, got to earn the winners prize package of Sh 5.5 million and an additional Sh 10million for running sub 2:05:00.
Kipchoge completed yet another sweep for Kenya with track queen Vivian Cheruiyot having won the women’s race minutes earlier in personal best 218:31.
Cheruiyot also pocketed Sh 5.5million but missed out on Sh 10million after she failed to run inside 2:18:00.