London (dpa) – World record holder and top favorite Eliud Kipchoge missed the victory in the London Marathon. The 35-year-old Kenyan finished eighth in the success of the Ethiopian Shura Kitata in drizzle on the two-kilometer circuit in St. James Park.
24-year-old Kitata won the final sprint in an unofficial 2:05:41 hour ahead of Kenyan Vincent Kipchumba (2:05:42) and his fellow countryman Sisay Lema (2:05:45). The 40th edition of the race was the first 42.195 kilometer classic to be run without a spectator in the corona pandemic. Five years after his German record in Frankfurt / Main in 2:08:33 a.m., Arne Gabius missed the mark for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo (2:11:30). The 39-year-old from Stuttgart of the Reha Bottwartal association came in 22nd after 2:14:25 p.m.
Like last year, the women’s winner was Brigid Kosgei from Kenya. The 26-year-old world record holder beat American Sara Hall (2:22:01) and world champion Ruth Chepngetich (2: 22: 05 / also Kenya) after an unofficial 2:18:58 pm.
Kosgei missed the international best time for women’s matches by Mary Keitany (also from Kenya) from London 2017 with 2:17:01 pm. In 2019, she had broken British Paula Radcliffe’s official world record in the Chicago mixed race to 2:14:04 am.