Mo Farah smashes British record in London Marathon

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Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge raced to gold in the 2018 London marathon held on Sunday beating off competition from Ethiopia's Tola Kitata and United Kingdom's Mo Farah who finished second and third respectively.

Just over two hours later, it was the majestic Eliud Kipchoge who strode under the Finish Line first to become only the third triple London men's champion and cement his status as king of the roads.

Kipchoge, who skipped last year's race to attempt a sub-two-hour marathon in Italy, could not break Dennis Kimmetto's world record as high temperatures made running conditions hard in the English capital.

Kipchoge overtook Adola early on and led from the front, with the pace remaining on course for a world-record time until the second half of the race, when the heat intensified.

"I enjoyed the race very much", Kipchoge said.

It is so different to the track. I really enjoyed it. "I gave it all, 110 percent as I normally do", said Farah. I've got a lot to learn about the marathon but as long as I can keep doing it. You get heavy legs. I went to pick it up but it was the staff. "I was telling the people 'just tell me which one is his drink or my drink, just point to my drink'".

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Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot (centre) celebrates after winning the women's London Marathon with second-placed Kenya's Brigid Kosgei (right) and third-placed Ethiopia's Tadelech Bekele in London yesterday.

Cheruiyot, 34, took advantage of failed attempts to break Paula Radcliffe's 15-year-old world record by last year's victor Keitany and runner-up Tirunesh Dibaba.

Elite men's race victor Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (L) and elite women's race victor Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot pose during the trophy ceremony of the 2018 London Marathon in central London on April 22, 2018.

"Everything know is going to be focussed on the European Championships in Berlin and I believe I've got the chance to medal". Mentally and physically, I felt better coming into this.

Six-time Paralympic gold medalist, David Weir has won for the eighth time the 2018 London Marathon men's wheelchair title. The 38-year-old pipped Switzerland's Marcel Hug into second place, with Daniel Romanchuk of the United States third.

McFadden had been forced to miss racing in London a year ago after surgery for blood clots and was glad to be back.