London Marathon 2014: Wilson Kipsang sets new course record with win; Mo Farah eighth

Last Updated: 13/04/14 6:53pm

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Kenyan world-record holder Wilson Kipsang set a new course record to win the Virgin Money London Marathon, while Britain's Mo Farah had to settle for a disappointing eighth place.

Kipsang claimed his second title against the strongest men's field ever assembled in the capital.

The 32-year-old completed the 26.2 mile course in a time of two hours four minutes 29 seconds - 11 seconds inside the previous fastest run by Emmanuel Mutai in 2011.

Compatriot Stanley Biwott took second and Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede third.

Farah's time of two hours eight minutes 21 seconds was outside Steve Jones' 29-year-old British record of 2:07:13.

The 31-year-old had made no secret that this race was the toughest test of his career and he was never in contention, suffering in the last quarter of the race.

"I will be back, 100 per cent," Farah said. "I'm not going to finish on a down. I wanted to give it a try. London is my city - this is where I grew up. It would have been wrong for me to do any other marathon.

"I will be back and I will definitely do better. If I could come back in two weeks' time I would. That's who I am."

Edna Kiplagat made it a perfect day for Kenya after she won the women's race ahead of her compatriot Florence Kiplagat in a time of two hours 20 minutes and 21 seconds.

The two-time world champion and twice runner-up in the capital road race broke away at the final bend, increasing her stride and eventually breaking the tape in front of Buckingham Palace several yards in front.

Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba, the Olympic and world 10,000 metres champion, marked her marathon debut by finishing third while Amy Whitehead was the first Briton home in 13th.

In the women's wheelchair race, American Tatyana McFadden successfully defended her crown, claiming a dominant victory just a month after winning a cross-country skiing silver medal at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi.

The 24-year-old crossed the line in a course record one hour 45 minutes 11 seconds, more than a minute and a half clear of Swiss race Manuela Schar in second.

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