13 Apr 2014

Mo Farah misses out on debut London marathon victory

Sports reporter

Olympian Mo Farah finishes eighth in his first London marathon as Kenyan Wilson Kipsang wins the 26-mile race in a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 27 seconds – a new course record.

The Kenyan, who broke the world record at the Berlin marathon in September, raised his arms skyward and grinned as he won the men’s race.

Mo Farah, who was the bookies’ favourite to win the race, said afterwards: “I will be back.”

He added: “I’m not going to finish it like this. I gave it my all but I’m disappointed I didn’t go out there and give what the crowd deserve.

“It was pretty tough. I’m disappointed but you try things and sometimes it doesn’t work, but you have to give it a go. You learn – life goes on.”

You learn – life goes on. Mo Farah

In the women’s race, two-time world champion Edna Kiplagat won the marathon for the first time in a sprint finish in front of Buckingham Palace.

After twice finishing second in the race in previous years, the 34-year-old Kenyan went one better by completing the 26.2-mile route in 2 hours, 20 minutes, 21 seconds — 3 seconds ahead of compatriot Florence Kiplagat.

In the men’s wheelchair race, Marcel Hug pipped the UK’s David Weir to victory.

In the women’s wheelchair race, Tatyana McFadden swapped the slopes for the streets as she successfully defended her London title with a dominant performance, winning in a course record time of 1 hour, 45 minutes, 11 seconds.

Her win came a month after the 24-year-old American collected her first Winter Paralympics medal, silver in cross-country skiing in Sochi.