The amount of money Kipchoge and Vivian Cheruiyot took home after London Marathon victory

By Odero Charles: Sunday, April 22nd 2018 at 17:53 GMT +3 | Athletics
Elite men's race winner Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (L) and elite women's race winner Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot pose during the trophy ceremony of the 2018 London Marathon in central London on April 22, 2018. / AFP PHOTO

Eliud Kipchoge won the London Marathon for the third time on Sunday, with Mo Farah breaking the British record as he finished third, while there was a surprise victory for Vivian Cheruiyot in the women’s race.

Kipchoge, who skipped last year’s race to attempt a sub-two minute marathon in Italy, bagged two massive cash prize wins.

He won $55,000 (approx Khs 5.5 Million) for crossing the line first, while Ethiopia's Tola Shura Kitata and third placed, Britain's Mo Farah  collected $30,000 and  $22,500 respectively.

But a bonus $100,000 (approx KES 10 Million) was on offer to any competitor in the men’s race who ran a sub-2:05:00 time.

Luckily for Kipchoge he initially crossed the line at the unofficial time of two hours, four minutes and 16 seconds.

Third placed, Britain's Mo Farah

Vivian Cheruiyot was the victor in the women's contest in a time of 2hrs 18min 31sec ahead of compatriot Brigid Kosgei (2:20:13), and Ethiopia's Tadelech Bekele (2:21:40) to win $55,000  (Khs 5.5 Million) and $75,000 (approx sh 7.5 Million) as bonus for recording a sub 2:20:00 time.

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Second place in each received $30,000, third got $22,500, fourth $15,000.