Farah breaks English record as Kip­sang wins Lon­don Marathon

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Dou­ble Olympic cham­pion Mo Farah toiled on his high­lyan­tic­i­pated marathon de­but with the Bri­ton trail­ing in eighth as Kenyans Wil­son Kip­sang and Edna Ki­pla­gat se­cured Lon­don ti­tles yes­ter­day.

Farah, the world and Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 me­tres cham­pion, was given a “tough” bap­tism by the world’s best - fin­ish­ing al­most four min­utes be­hind world record holder Kip­sang on a sunny morn­ing in the cap­i­tal.

The 32-year old Kenyan claimed a sec­ond Lon­don ti­tle with a course record two hours four min­utes 29 sec­onds, pulling clear of com­pa­triot Stan­ley Bi­wott who was 26 sec­onds back with Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede third.

“The pace­mak­ers went too early for me so I had to push my­self,” said Kip­sang who also won in 2012, the same year he won Olympic bronze around the streets of Lon­don.

“At around 31k I de­cided to push harder as I felt very com­fort­able and strong. And then I pushed again to­wards the fin­ish line and that was when I broke away.”

Farah, who was never in con­tention af­ter drop­ping be­hind the lead­ers from the start, grit­ted his teeth to cross in 2:08:21, out­side the Bri­tish record that has stood since 1985.

“That was tough. I’m very dis­ap­pointed,” said a chas­tened Farah.

“I didn’t re­ally know what to ex­pect. Train­ing went well. The crowds were ex­cit­ing and re­ally helped me along.

“It was a lit­tle bit windy and I didn’t re­ally have a plan. I’ll def­i­nitely be back.”

Edna Ki­pla­gat won her first Lon­don ti­tle af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in the past two years, get­ting the bet­ter of com­pa­triot Florence Ki­pla­gat in the fi­nal 200 me­tres to win in two hours, 20 min­utes and 21 sec­onds.

The win­ner out­kicked her name­sake who fin­ished three sec­onds be­hind af­ter the pair had dropped debu­tant Tirunesh Dibaba, step­ping up from the track where she en­joyed a glit­ter­ing ca­reer.

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