Eliud Kipchoge won the men's race for the second consecutive year at the 2016 London Marathon on Sunday, narrowly missing out on the world record as he crossed the line.
The winner drove his arms like a sprinter up the final straight on The Mall to break the course record, clocking a time of 2:03.05, eight seconds outside the world record, per the Associated Press (h/t Daily Mail). It was clear to Kipchoge that he had missed a huge opportunity to become a world record holder, given the modicum of disappointment on his face at the end.
Jemima Sumgong of Kenya conquered the women's race despite a dramatic accident that saw the leading runners clash and fall midway through proceedings as they approached a water station. Sumgong closed the gap on the leaders, rubbing her head after hitting the floor, and the 31-year-old eventually won in style.
Sumgong finished ahead of reigning champion Tigist Tufa, who chased hard in the closing stages but couldn't quite catch up. Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat came in third.
Here are the confirmed results for the two elite races:
|2016 London Marathon: Men's Top Finishers|
|2016 London Marathon: Women's Top Finishers|
"I realized I ran a world record for 30 kilometers, then between 30 and 40 I lost about 20 seconds," Kipchoge said, per the Associated Press (h/t Daily Mail). "The record can be for the next time...but I'm happy I ran the course record."
Sumgong's triumph in the women's race on Sunday was underpinned by her bravery after a heavy fall almost ended her challenge. The eventual winner appeared to hit her head on the floor as she tumbled with two other runners in a dangerous clash.
However, the Kenyan rose to her feet, grabbed an additional water bottle and sprinted her way back into the leading pack—and she dominated until the final stages.
BBC Sport shared footage of Sumgong's fall:
Tufa continued to hunt down the leader into the final mile of the race, but she could not repeat last year's feat of becoming champion, as Sumgong powered home in 2:25:58.