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Mike Rosenbaum

Kipsang and Kiplagat Overshadow Farah and Dibaba

By April 14, 2014

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Two of the world's greatest distance runners - one British and one Ethiopian - made their marathon debuts in London on Sunday, but each was overshadowed by a pair of Kenyans.

Tirunesh Dibaba, a three-time Olympic gold medalist at 5,000 and 10,000 meters, ran with or near leaders all the way in the women's race before settling for third place. Kenya's Edna and Florence Kiplagat ran together over the final dozen kilometers, with two-time London runner-up Edna pulling away on the final straight to win in 2:20:21, with Florence following in 2:20:24 and Dibaba in 2:20:35.

Meanwhile, Mo Farah, who thrilled the British crowd by winning the 5,000 and 10,000 at the 2012 London Olympics, couldn't run with the men's leaders in Sunday's marathon. He also fell short of his goal - breaking Stephen Jones' British marathon record of 2:07:13. But it was still a record-setting day, as Kenya's Wilson Kipsang won the men's race in a course record 2:04:29. Kipsang broke Emmanuel Mutai's mark by 11 seconds to win his second London championship. Fellow Kenyan Stanley Biwott was second in 2:04:55, with 2013 London winner Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia third in 2:06:30. Farah finished eighth in 2:08:21.

In other marathon news on Sunday, Eliud Kipchoge overcame a heavy wind to earn the victory in Rotterdam, in 2:05:00. Abebech Afework battled both the weather and an early dropped water bottle mishap to take the women's race in 2:27:50. Getu Feleke broke the course record on his way to victory in Vienna, in 2:05:41, with Anna Hahner winning the women's event in 2:28:59.


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