Saturday 14 December 2019

Farah flops in London on marathon debut

Mo Farah after finishing in eighth place during the London Marathon
Mo Farah after finishing in eighth place during the London Marathon

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah toiled on his highly-anticipated marathon debut, trailing in eighth as Kenyans Wilson Kipsang and Edna Kiplagat secured London titles.

Farah, the world and Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion, was given a tough baptism by the world's best, finishing almost four minutes behind world record holder Kipsang.

The 32-year old Kenyan claimed a second London title with a course record 2hrs 4mins 29secs, pulling clear of compatriot Stanley Biwott, who was 26 seconds back.

Farah, who was never in contention after dropping behind the leaders from the start, crossed 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. It was a little bit windy and I didn't really have a plan. I'll definitely be back."

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 2:20.21.

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