Monday 5 December 2016

Video: Kenya's Jemima Sumgong falls, hits the road head first and wins London Marathon

Published 24/04/2016 | 12:00

Kenya's Jemima Sumgong has a cut to the head after she fell on her way to winning the women's race
Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs
Kenya's Jemima Sumgong has a cut to the head after she fell on her way to winning the women's race Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs

Kenya's Jemima Sumgong overcame a heavy fall to win her first Virgin London Marathon ahead of defending women's champion Tigist Tufa.

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Sumgong took a tumble at around 23 miles, apparently tangling feet with Aselefech Mergia in an incident that also saw one of the favourites Mary Keitany fall.

Sumgong, who has been a runner-up in the Boston, Chicago and New York marathons, cracked her head against the floor but ignored her clear discomfort to rejoin the leading pack and eventually pass them.

She finished in an unofficial time of two hours 22 minutes and 58 seconds as Tufa failed to haul her in on the final stretch.

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