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Woodman is top local as Kipchoge breaks record

 

Royal seal: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, flanked by men’s race winner, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, and women’s race winner, Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei
Royal seal: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, flanked by men’s race winner, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, and women’s race winner, Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei

By Brian Hill

Northern Ireland athletes performed well in yesterday's London Marathon in a race where Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge broke the course record with the second fastest ever time.

Eliud recorded 2 hours 2 minutess 37 seconds for his fourth London victory. His time is only bettered by his own World Record of 2.01.39 from Berlin last September. Ethiopia's Mosinet Geremew became only the second person to go under 2 hrs 3 mins when he took silver in 2.02.55.

The women's race was won by Kenya's Brigid Kosgei in 2.18.20 .

Top GB finishers were Charlotte Purdue who was 20th in a personal best of 2.25.38 and Mo Farah who finished fifth in 2.05.39, which was half a minute outside his best.

Farah's preparations were overshadowed by Wednesday's explosive row with former distance star Haile Gebrselassie over an alleged robbery in the hotel owned by the retired Ethiopian.

Asked if the unwelcome headlines had been a distraction, the 36-year-old said: "Not at all. I stand by every word I said.

"I'm one of those people - I like to get it off my chest and just say it. It's become a bit too much but at the same time I stick by every word I said."

Ireland's Mick Clohisey finished 25th in 2.15.02 which is a qualification time for the World Champs in Doha. He joins other qualified Irish athletes Stephen Scullion, from South Belfast, and Lizzie Lee.

Fionnuala McCormack has run 2.30.38 on the downhill Boston course.

The good weather conditions in London facilitated fast times. The list of local finishers was led by Willowfield's Aaron Woodman who was 31st in 2.25.56.

He was followed by Gary Slevin of Finn Valley (2.28.17) ,Lawrence O'Hara of North Belfast (2.31.20), Adrain Bell of Willowfield (2.36.04), James Budde of North Down (2.38.23), Gordon Graham of East Down (2.38.56), Craig Simpson of Foyle Valley (2.39.05) and Brian McElvanna of Armagh (2.39.27).

Ward Park's Emma Davis ran 2.53.49 while Fiona McQuillan of North Down recorded 3.02.40.

David Weir's bid to win a ninth men's wheelchair race ended in disappointment.

The 39-year-old six-time Paralympic gold medallist, competing in his 20th London Marathon, finished fifth behind American winner Dan Romanchuk.

The women's wheelchair race was won by Manuela Schar of Switzerland for the second time.

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