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Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei retains her London Marathon title

ATHLETICS By Odero Charles | October 4th 2020
April 28, 2019 Kenya's Brigid Kosgei celebrates winning the women's elite race as she poses with second placed Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot and third placed Ethiopia's Roza Dereje REUTERS

 

World record holder Brigid Kosgei on Sunday morning won the 2020 London Marathon in two hours, 18 minutes and 28 seconds.

Kosgei ran alongside compatriot Ruth Chepngetich until around the 20-mile mark, when Kosgei dropped Chepngetich quite suddenly.

American Sara Hall overtook Ruth Chepngetich in the final 150 meters to snatch second place in 2:22:01. Hall finished in a new personal best of 2:22:01. Chepngetich of Kenya was third in 2:22:05.

 

For the elite women’s race

The 2020 London Marathon features Kenyans Brigid Kosgei, who is defending her London Marathon title (2:14:04 PB), Ruth Chepngetich (2:17:08), Gladys Cherono (2:18:11), Vivian Cheruiyot (2:18:31), and Joyciline Jepkosgei (2:22:38)

With weather conditions currently favouring fast finishing times, the runners are having one eye on setting a new marathon world record.

October 4, 2020 Kenya's Ruth Chepngetich and Brigid Kosgei during the elite women's race of the London Marathon Pool via REUTERS

Kenya’s Valary Jemeli dropped. Brigid Kosgei and Ruth Chepngetich, are now running side-by-side.

The pace has picked up and leaders go through 17km in 58:25.

October 4, 2020 Kenya's Ruth Chepngetich and Brigid Kosgei during the elite women's race of the London Marathon Pool via REUTERS



10:23 am Leading now - Brigid Kosgei and Ruth Chepngetich behind the pace maker

10:32 am Around 59 minutes into the race.

October 4, 2020 Kenya's Ruth Chepngetich and Brigid Kosgei during the elite women's race of the London Marathon Pool via REUTERS

10:38am Brigid Kosgei and Ruth Chepngetich still forging on at the front.

11:05am Brigid Kosgei is now around 40m ahead of Ruth Chepngetich.

11:17 am Brigid Kosgei breaks away at the 30km 'halfway' mark to lead the women's London Marathon.

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