Kenya's Kipchoge and Cheruiyot win at hottest London Marathon

London Marathon 2018

London Marathon 2018

Racers were cooled off by extra ice, water and run-through shower stations dotted along the 26.2-mile route, which snakes along both sides of the Thames.

The race was the warmest London Marathon on record, with a high of 23.2 degrees Celsius (73.8 degrees Fahrenheit), beating the previous mark of 22.7 degrees Celsius set in 1996.

Prince Harry has greeted competitors at the finish line of the London Marathon on Sunday, handing out prizes to the winners.

Kipchoge took the win in 2:04:17, outside his own London Marathon course record of 2:03:05, set here two years ago. I wasn't wasting energy, I just needed a drink.

Still not long afterwards Farah was admitting both his satisfaction and intention to go faster, in no way doubting the marathon would be his flawless distance come Tokyo 2020.

Women's favourite Mary Keitany attempted to break Paula Radcliffe's "mixed race" record - assisted by male pacemakers - but the Kenyan struggled late on in the race, eventually finishing fifth and unable to add to her three London titles.

In the aftermath, the four-time Olympic gold medallist was observed to be having a heated debate with a steward on a motorbike and he later claimed marathon staff were more interested in "trying to take a picture" than doing their jobs. Lily Partridge was the first British women's finisher in a personal best of 2:29.04.

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Kipchoge joined compatriot Martin Lel and Mexican Dionicio Ceron as the only men to win London three times.

"I know I can go at least 2.04, 2.05, in an even-paced race, today it was the hardest way to run in any race".

Kipchoge led a loaded men's field that included Kenenisa Bekele, who ran the second-fastest marathon in Berlin in 2016, and Farah, through that midpoint in 1:01 exactly, some 45secs quicker than the split time for the world record.

While the race began in the southeast London district of Blackheath, the official starter for the men's race was more than 48 kilometres to the west of the British capital.

The Queen officially started the race on a podium in front of the Round Tower in the grounds of Windsor Castle at 10am.

Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot ran a perfectly judged race to take the title in the elite women's race at the 38th Virgin Money London Marathon today and become the fourth fastest woman of all time over the gruelling marathon distance.

Like in 2017, Switzerland's Hug finished second, while 20-year-old American Daniel Romanchuk finished third.

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