'GOAT!' - Kipchoge hailed after London treble

'GOAT!' - Kipchoge hailed after London treble

Olympic 5,000-metre champion Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya won the women's race at the second time of asking, completing the course in two hours, 18 minutes and 30 seconds.

A record 386,050 people applied for this year's race - nearly a third more than last year and the highest number for any marathon in the world.

Tola Shura Kitata of Ethiopia came second, followed by Farah.

By 19:00 this evening, 40,255 had conquered the hottest Race Day on record to cross the Finish Line in The Mall and pick up their hard-earned medals and souvenir finishers' T-shirts, beating last year's record total by 768 runners.

An exhausted Farah, who finished just over two minutes behind Kipchoge, admitted: "The pace was fast, I was surprised".

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The Kenyan, widely considered one of the greatest marathon runners of all time, had been targeting the world record of 2.02.57, but could not sustain a "crazy" early pace. It's incredible. It's a different pain, different training but I've really enjoyed it. Kenyan Cheruiyot, 34, crossed the line in 2hr 18min 31sec, three minutes outside the 2013 mark set by the British runner.

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"The drinks stations were confusing", he said. "They were helpful towards the end but at the beginning someone was trying to take a picture".

"I was saying to the people on motorbikes to tell the staff to be a bit helpful instead of taking pictures".

Three-time victor and defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya led the race up until the last eight kilometres, but came fifth. "I had to get it right".

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Meanwhile, Paula Radcliffe's world record survived as Vivian Cheruiyot timed her run to perfection to win the women's race.

Six-time Paralympic gold medalist, David Weir has won for the eighth time the 2018 London Marathon men's wheelchair title.

The 38-year-old Weir clocked 1:31:15 to beat Marcel Hug of Switzerland into second, while Daniel Romanchuk of the United States was third. "I can't do any better than what I did", Farah said.

"The older I get, my endurance is getting better".

McFadden had been forced to miss racing in London previous year after surgery for blood clots and was glad to be back. "It's so far-reaching. We fully needed it and not just us - for the community and the rest of the London Fire Brigade who attended". "I feel a lot stronger".

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