Eliud Kipchoge won the London Marathon for the third time today, with Mo Farah breaking the British record as he finished third, while there was a surprise victory for Vivian Cheruiyot in the women " s race.
The 35-year-old multiple Olympic and world gold medallist struggled with the pace, hot conditions and water bottle mix-ups, but still beat Steve Jones's 33-year-old record with a time - ratified more than an hour after crossing the finishing line - of two hours, six minutes and 21 seconds.
"They were going for world record pace", Farah said. "It was do or die, I went for it and hung in as much as I could and it's nice to have the record", said Farah.
"It's so different to the track".
"I really enjoyed today, I gave 110% like I always do". I was table four, I went to pick it up. You get heavy legs. "So I was telling the people 'can you please just tell us which one is our drink because it's exactly the same bottle". The leader reached the 20-kilometre checkpoint in 1:03:50 with Dibaba only 15 seconds in arrears while Cheruiyot was making good progress, moving up to third in 1:05:31 alongside compatriots Gladys Cherono and Brigid Kosgei.
In the women's race, it seemed like three-time victor Mary Keitany was headed for a huge win, but she seemed to be struggling in the final seven kilometers of the race with Cheruiyot taking advantage to burst to victory. Ethiopia's Tadelech Bekele cut off the possibility of a Kenyan 1-2-3 coming in third in a time of 2:21:30 while Gladys Cherono finished fourth in 2:24:10.
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Tola Shura Kitata of Ethiopia came second, followed by Farah.
The warm conditions played some part in the drop off in pace afterwards, though Kipchoge never once looked troubled, the man who won a year ago at Monza race track ran 2:00:25, ruled out for record purposes because of a few little gimmicks, but a superhuman effort nonetheless.
"Top ten, a personal best and a qualifying time for the European Championships, I can't have any complaints, though I would have liked to have gone faster", said Partridge. The 38-year-old held off stiff competition from Switzerland's Marcel Hug and the USA's Daniel Romanchuk.
Keitany and Dibaba had been tipped to challenge Paula Radcliffe's world record but, after a ferocious start, both exhausted.
Keitany was expected to sweep to victory having recorded the fastest ever time for a female previous year although she was unable to see off her fellow Kenyan.