Top Canadian results from 2018 London Marathon

Anna Jefferson
April 24, 2018

Eliud Kipchoge defied soaring temperatures to win the London Marathon for a third time on Sunday, while Mo Farah finished in an impressive third place, breaking the British record in the process.

"I'm satisfied with the result", added Farah. "I did have a few problems getting a drink", he said with a smile.

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. The staff were helpful towards the end but at the beginning they were trying to take a picture rather than saying, "Take a drink".

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The Kenyan, widely considered one of the greatest marathon runners of all time, had been targeting the world record of 2.02.57, but could not sustain a "crazy" early pace. "I am the silent man behind the scenes", he said. I got a personal best.

"I wasn't wasting energy, I just needed a drink".

Vivian Cheruiyot timed her run to perfection to win the women's elite race.

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After previous victories in 2015 and 2016, the Kenyan took a ninth career win over 26.2 miles (42.195km), but missed his two-year-old course record. So my aim is maybe in the autumn to try to run another marathon and then see what happens in the summer of 2019.

Last year's victor Mary Keitany and runner-up Tirunesh Dibaba clearly had Radcliffe's record on their minds but the sweltering conditions proved too much and allowed 34-year-old Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot to claim victory.

Vivian Cheruiyot savours her victory after winning an Olympics gold medal in 5,000m in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil past year.

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Cheruiyot said she was chastened by her debut last year when she paid the price for an over-exuberant first half but the 34-year-old duly learned from that experience, running consistent splits of 1:08:56 and 1:09:34 to cross the finish-line on The Mall in 2:18:31, moving to fourth on the world all-time list still headed by Radcliffe's mark from 15 years ago. But Dibaba was soon reduced to a walking pace to leave Keitany with only her two male pacemakers for company. He told the BBC: "I am knackered".

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