London Marathon 2019: Eliud Kipchoge, Brigid Kosgei Win Men's, Women's Races

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2019

Britain's Mo Farah, right, and Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge pose for the media during a photo call for the London Marathon in London, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Kipchoge and Farah are part of the Elite Men taking part in the 39th London Marathon which takes place Sunday April 28. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Alastair Grant/Associated Press

Eliud Kipchoge successfully defended his men's London Marathon title on Sunday, winning the 2019 edition to become the first man to taste victory in the British capital on four separate occasions.

Kipchoge sat at the front of the leading group for the bulk of the race before dropping his competition and finishing solo. His time of 2:02:37 obliterated the course record and was the second-fastest in marathon history.

Brigid Kosgei dominated the women's race, finishing ahead of last year's winner, Vivian Cheruiyot.

Below are the top finishers for the men's and women's elite race (times courtesy of the event's official website).



1: Eliud Kipchoge (2:02:37)

2: Mosinet Geremew (+00:18)

3: Mule Wasihun (+00:39)



1: Brigid Kosgei (2:18:20)

2: Vivian Cheruiyot (+01:54)

3: Roza Dereje (+02:31)


All eyes were on two runners in the men's race, as big things were expected of Kipchoge and local favourite Mo Farah.

The fans in London were pulling for Farah, but he lost track of the leading group just past the halfway point:

BBC Sport @BBCSport

Uh oh. Mo Farah has dropped off the leading group. Live👉https://t.co/NZGWqVwnZh 📺 @BBCOne 📻 @5livesport extra #GetInspired #LondonMarathon https://t.co/fkLaZUGsnk

Britain's top long-distance runner opted to stick to his own pace, perhaps hoping to catch some of the leaders later on, but he soon lost sight of the leading group on the twisty parts of the course.

Ethiopia's Geremew, Wasihun and Tola Shura Kitata were still hanging around defending champion Kipchoge entering the final four or so miles, but the latter soon cracked.

Wasihun was the next to drop, and Geremew also started to show signs of wear:

Ross Tucker @Scienceofsport

That surge did for Wasihun. Not it’s Geremew vs Kipchoge, with about 7min to go. #londonmarathon Oh wait, Geremew also being stretched now.

With a little more than a mile left, he was on his own and pushed his advantage to a solo win. Farah recovered to finish in fifth place.

Kosgei was the clear standout in the women's race, making the difference in the final seven miles after a slow start to the race.

The pacemakers dropped off early in the race, and fans tuning in were surprised to see Irish-born Sinead Diver, running for Australia, leading:

Ian O'Riordan @ianoriordan

Crazy already... pacemakers gone too fast... Sinead Diver now effectively pacing https://t.co/02XIvu7EAp

Kosgei soon took the lead and twice sped up, dropping her rivals.

Defending champion Cheruiyot was able to bridge the gap the first time, but she couldn't repeat that effort after a blistering stretch from the eventual winner:

Ross Tucker @Scienceofsport

Brutally fast 5km from Kosgei (and Cheruiyot, though she’s been dropped) - 15:39 for the last segment, following a 15:53. That puts Kosgei in front, alone, with Cheruiyot about 30m back now. Projects 2:20:18. The second half will be low 67, even with a small slowdown https://t.co/wddWHN6cb9

Her finishing time of 2:18:20 was nearly two minutes faster than that of Cheruiyot, courtesy of a phenomenal final stretch.

Britain's Charlotte Purdue impressively took 10th place, a spot that should count as an Olympic qualifier for Tokyo 2020, according to BBC Sport's Mike Henson and Mantej Mann. In the men's race, Callum Hawkins also took 10th place.