Apr 24, 2018
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London Marathon 2018: Kenya

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London Marathon 2018: Kenya

Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot ran her first marathon in London final yr and completed fourth

Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot received the 2018 London Marathon however Paula Radcliffe’s ‘mixed-gender’ race world report remained intact.

Cheruiyot, 34, crossed the end line in an private finest two hours, 18 minutes and 31 seconds.

That was greater than three minutes slower than the two:15:25 four-time British Olympian Radcliffe ran in 2003.

Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba had been seeking to break Radcliffe’s report however each light.

Olympic 5,000m champion Cheruiyot ran her first marathon in London final yr and completed fourth total earlier than profitable in Frankfurt in October.

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei (2:20:13) completed second, with Ethiopia’s Tadelech Bekele (2:21:30) third.

Keitany had been on the right track to interrupt Radcliffe’s report however ultimately completed fifth (2:24:27) having misplaced the lead she had held from the beginning with round 5 miles remaining.

Nice Britain’s Lily Partridge (2:29:24) claimed a private finest to complete eighth, with team-mate Tracy Barlow (2:32:09) ninth.

How the race was received and misplaced

Mary Keitany had admitted earlier than the race that “Operating 2:15 will not be simple, it’s one thing else”

Keitany had made her intentions clear earlier than the race by working with male pacemakers in an try to overhaul Radcliffe’s report.

And every part regarded in management by way of 10km earlier than Keitany started to tug barely away from Dibaba at 9 and a half miles, half a minute faster than Radcliffe.

Keitany’s issues emerged with round 10 miles to go and he or she ultimately fell 14 seconds behind the world report tempo after 18 miles.

Dibaba’s struggles had been much more extreme – on a heat day within the capital – as she dropped all the way down to a strolling tempo at 30km round Canary Wharf.

Cheruiyot moved up into second place and close by of Keitany by way of 21 miles earlier than claiming the race lead and pulling away from Keitany.

It marked a wonderfully judged race plan for Cheruiyot who seemingly grew stronger within the closing levels as her rivals light, with Dibaba unable to complete.

Radcliffe report will likely be ‘pretty troublesome’ to beat

Lily Partridge completed second within the ladies’s half marathon through the inaugural The Huge Half competition in London in March

Cheruiyot was happy along with her win simply 12 months after her marathon debut, however having seen Keitany and Dibaba falter of their bids to interrupt Radcliffe’s report, feels the mark will likely be “pretty troublesome” to beat.

“The rationale it was so good for me right this moment was as a result of I began slowly; I did not go along with the quicker group as a result of the quicker group was faster than I used to be at the beginning.

“I did not wish to race in opposition to anyone, I wished to race alone. So I raced like that.

“Once I was within the 5K I noticed Dibaba, and I had sufficient power that I assumed ‘I’ll get her’. After that, I noticed Mary, and I obtained her, and I assumed ‘sure, right this moment I’m going to be a winner of the London Marathon’ and I am so completely happy.”

Making her London Marathon debut, Partridge was additionally happy to complete simply her second race over the gap in three makes an attempt.

“I wished a high 10 end and I obtained that however I missed the time I wished. It offers me one thing to construct on for the remainder of the yr so I’m happy,” she informed BBC Sport.

Righting final yr’s wrongs – evaluation

by Paula Radcliffe, Girls’s marathon world report holder on BBC One

It harm Vivian Cheruiyot to explode final yr as badly as she did by over-committing within the first half of the race.

You possibly can see the trouble she has put in to beat that disappointment.

BBC Sport – Athletics

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