Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei upsets Brigid Kosgei to win London Marathon; Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia wins men’s race – Sky Sports

Joyciline Jepkosgei smashed her personal best on her debut in London, becoming the seventh fastest woman in history; Sisay Lemma crossed the line 27 seconds ahead of Vincent Kipchumba to win the men’s race, with Mosinet Geremew third

Last Updated: 03/10/21 1:57pm

Joyciline Jepkosgei ran a personal best to win the London Marathon
Joyciline Jepkosgei ran a personal best to win the London Marathon

Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei won a thrilling women’s London Marathon in two hours, 17 minutes and 43 seconds as world record holder and defending champion Brigid Kosgei faded late in the race to finish outside the podium places.

Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia was a comfortable winner of the elite men’s race in a time of 2:04.01, crossing the line 27 seconds ahead of Kenya’s Vincent Kipchumba with Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew third.

Jepkosgei, the reigning New York Marathon champion, smashed her personal best of 2:18.40 on her debut in London, becoming the seventh fastest woman in history.

The 28-year-old finished 15 seconds ahead of Ethiopian Degitu Azimeraw whose compatriot Ashete Bekere came third.

Kosgei, competing eight weeks after claiming silver at the Tokyo Olympics, was aiming for a third consecutive victory in London. The 27-year-old rallied briefly but finished fourth in 2:18.40.

The marathon, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in April, returned to its traditional route from Blackheath to The Mall for the first time in over two years.

More than 36,000 competitors joined some of the world’s best in the mass participation event and up to 40,000 took part virtually, organisers said.

Only elite races took place last year on a course around St James’s Park, with amateurs last competing in 2019.

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