13 Apr

Kipsang King In London

London Marathon winner Wilson Kipsang

One name dominated the running of the much-hyped 2014 London Marathon today (Sunday 13 April).  And it wasn't Olympic golden boy Mo Farah. World record-holder Wilson Kipsang added the prestigious London course record to his CV, winning the men's race in a comfortable 2:04:29. Kenya dominated both big events with the Kiplagats (Edna and Florence) taking the 1/2 spots in the women's race.

Mo Farah finished in 8th place (2:08:21) and was disappointed not to have troubled the leading runners nor to have threatened Steve Jones' British record.  Post-race Mo questioned his own tactics and committed to continuing his marathon career despite the disappointment of a poor time. Most informed commentators disagreed with that plan and advised Farah to return to the track and concentrate on Rio 2016.

The only man who could live with Kipsang was compatriot Stanley Biwott but the winner from 2012 eased away over the closing miles and finished 26 seconds ahead of Biwott with last year's winner Tsegaye Kebede in third.

The women's race was closer with Edna Kiplagat prevailing against namesake Florence.  The Kenyan pair established a decisive advantage when track star Tirunesh Dibaba fumbled her drinks bottle at a crucial stage and the Kiplagats turned the screw.  

The front two raced together through the final miles but it was the taller Edna's strength and experience that proved decisive against Florence's expected turn of foot.  Edna first in 2:20:21, three seconds ahead of Florence with Dibaba third.

The Silver Bullet Marcel Hug (1:32:41) was too strong for local hero David Weir, and a second separated them in the men's wheelchair race. Tatyana McFadden (1:45:12) was an easier winner of the women's wheelchair race.

One undisputed winner today was London. Colossal crowds basked in sunshine as they cheered on the 40,000 field.