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Kipruto, Yehualaw in maiden London Marathon titles

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Kenya’s Amos Kipruto and Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw won their maiden London Marathon titles with breakaway victories in the elite men’s and women’s races.

Just six months after making her debut over the distance, 23-year-old Yehualaw finished in two hours, 17 minutes and 26 seconds—the third fastest women’s London Marathon time in history.

Kipruto then won the men’s race in two hours, four minutes and 39 seconds after pushing away from the rest of the field with about five kilometres to go.

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Ethiopia’s Leul Gebresilase was second, crossing the line 33 seconds later, with Bashir Abdi of Belgium completing the podium.

With four miles to go in the women’s race and after an earlier trip, Yehualaw— the youngest ever London Marathon champion—broke clear of a group of four with the chasing, 2021 champion Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya unable to reel her in.

That breakaway included an astonishing 4:43 mile split on mile 24.

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Jepkosgei finished second, 41 seconds back, with Ethiopian Alemu Megertu placing third.

Rose Harvey was the top-placed British athlete in 10th position, while in the men’s race, Weynay Ghebresilasie and Phil Sesemann were ninth and 10th, respectively.

Earlier, Marcel Hug and Catherine Debrunner set new course records as they completed an all-Swiss sweep of the wheelchair titles.—BBC

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