Vivian Cheruiyot wins 42 kilometers London women Marathon

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BY SAMSON MBII/AFP/22ND APRIL 2018-Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot claimed her maiden major marathon when she won this year’s London Marathon on Sunday.Vivian won the race in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 31 seconds

Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot celebrates winning the elite women's race of the 2018 London Marathon in central London on April 22, 2018. PHOTO | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS |

Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot celebrates winning the elite women’s race of the 2018 London Marathon in central London on April 22, 2018. PHOTO | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS |AFP

Winner Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot, (centre), second-placed Kenyan Brigid Kosgei (left) and third-placed Ethiopian Tadelech Bekele pose after the elite women's race of the 2018 London Marathon in central London on April 22, 2018. PHOTO | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS |

Winner Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot, (centre), second-placed Kenyan Brigid Kosgei (left) and third-placed Ethiopian Tadelech Bekele pose after the elite women’s race of the 2018 London Marathon in central London on April 22, 2018. PHOTO | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS |AFP

Cheruiyot, who finished fourth last year in 2:23:50, over took defending champion Mary Keitany just after the 35km mark before cruising to her second ever marathon victory in personal best.

Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot crosses the finish line to win the elite women's race of the 2018 London Marathon in central London on April 22, 2018. PHOTO | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS |

Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot crosses the finish line to win the elite women’s race of the 2018 London Marathon in central London on April 22, 2018. PHOTO | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS |AFP

The 34-year-old Cheruiyot, who won Frankfurt Marathon last year in personal best 2:23:25, edged out the 2017 Honolulu Marathon champion Brigid Kosgey from Kenya to second place also in personal best 2:20:12.

Kenya's Mary Keitany runs during the 2018 London Marathon in central London on April 22, 2018. PHOTO | NIKLAS HALLEN | AFP

Kenya’s Mary Keitany runs during the 2018 London Marathon in central London on April 22, 2018. PHOTO | NIKLAS HALLEN | AFP

Tadelech Bekele from Ethiopia finished third in 2:21:39 as Berlin Marathon champion Gladys Cherono from Kenya, beat Keitany on the home straight to settle fourth.

Keitany, who was eying her fourth London victory came in fifth in 2:24:28.

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