24 Apr

Kipchoge Is King

Eliud Kipchoge

2016 proved to be a dramatic renewal of the Virgin Money London Marathon. There was controversy in the women's race when Jemima Sumgong fell heavily at mile 22; the 31-year-old Kenyan recovered to finish in 2:22:58 ahead of defending champion Tigist Tufa. However Sumgong's courage couldn't overshadow possibly the greatest performance in distance running history.

That showing came from 2015 London winner Eliud Kipchoge, who  broke the course record and ran the second fastest time in marathon history. The Kenyan showed both delight and disappointment after breaking the tape on 2:03:05, a possible indication that if he had been aware of how close he was to Dennis Kimetto's world record he may have run just a little quicker.
Everyone knows that the world marathon record can only be broken in Berlin. Or they did until this morning when Kipchoge changed the rules. The manner of the Kenyan's win is certain to reignite speculation that the seemingly impossible 2 hour time for a marathon is within reach.

There was joy too for British Olympic hopeful Callum Hawkins who clocked an impressive 2:10:52 to guarantee a place on the GB team for the Olympics in Rio. He will be joined on the plane by adopted Scot Tsegai Tewelde (12th in 2:12:23) and, possibly brother Derek (2:12:57).

Alyson Dixon (2:31:52) and Sonia Samuels (2:31:00) secured their Rio places in Team GB by finishing as the top two British women.

London 2016 saw 40,000 pound the streets of the capital on a cool April morning with details of the event's one millionth runner awaited at time of wtiting.

Image of Eliud Kipchoge - courtesy Wikipedia