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Mo Farah breaks British marathon record as Eliud Kipchoge wins in London

Farah breaks British marathon record as Kipchoge wins in London

22/04/2018 at 12:02Updated 22/04/2018 at 17:59

An exhausted Mo Farah broke the British marathon record as he finished third in the London Marathon as Eliud Kipchoge won a third title.

Farah, who had a water bottle nightmare during the race, crossed the line in the blazing heat in a time of 2:06.21 as Steve Jones's record from 1985 was finally broken.

Video - See how Farah broke British record at London marathon


"It's so different to being on the track, it's different pain and different training but I've enjoyed it. You get heavy legs, mentally you need to be strong and pace yourself."

The 33-year-old British record was expected to fall, but Farah had to give it absolutely everything in order to do so with a mix up over his water bottle costing him precious time.

Britain's Mo Farah and Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge in action during the men's elite race at the London Marathon

Britain's Mo Farah and Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge in action during the men's elite race at the London MarathonReuters

The Team GB Olympic hero lost time as he accidentally picked up a competitor's bottle before having to hastily replace it and seek out his own from another table.

"I was saying to the people on motorbikes to tell the staff to be a bit helpful instead of taking pictures. I wasn't wasting energy, I just needed a drink. I had to get it right.

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"I really enjoyed today, I gave 110 per cent like I always do. I've got a lot to learn about the marathon but as long as I can keep doing it. I haven't seen my kids in three months and I am excited to see them."

Kipchoge, the Olympic champion, won a third title in 2:04.16 as he finished a full 30 seconds ahead of second placed Tola Shura Kitata of Ethiopia.

Video - Kipchoge underlines his greatness with London marathon win


It was another remarkable run from the Kenyan, with compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot securing the double for her country in the women's race.

Video - Cheruiyot conquers London marathon with fourth fastest time ever