It’s a game Sunday 3 October. With the Paris-Roubaix cycling race in full swing in France, the London Marathon in Britain ended late in the morning. Kenya’s Joyceline Jepkosgei won the women’s race, while Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma topped the men’s podium.
Joycelyn Jepkosgei thus won the marathon, signing a time of 2 hours 17 minutes and 43 seconds, ahead of two Ethiopians Digitu Azimero – second in 15 seconds – and Ashte Bekere – third in 35 seconds. Already winner of the New York Marathon in 2019, Joycelyn Jepkosgei, 28, added the London event to her list of achievements with a new personal best. The Kenyan, the vice-world half-marathon champion in 2018, was the strongest, sowing one by one in the final, the other four members of the group of five who had quickly taken control of the race.
In ideal racing conditions, with no sun but no rain and moderate wind, the 2021 edition of the prestigious London Marathon, Brigitte Kosgei, the holder of the world record, played a bad trick on the favorite (2 hours 14 minutes 4 seconds) and doubled. Title holder. The athlete could then become second only to German Katrin Dorre, who was crowned in 1992, 1993 and 1994 to have won three victories on the streets of the British capital. But Kosgei ran out of juice in the final kilometer to stay in the race until the end, and the world record holder finished only fourth, with a lead of 57 seconds.
For men, Sisay Lemma’s first victory
For his part, Sisse Lemma finished the race in 2 hours 4 minutes and 1 second, leading Kenyan Vincent Kipchumba by 27 seconds and another Ethiopian, Mosinet Geremeu, by 40 seconds.
This is Sisay Lemma’s first win in a major marathon. He looked comfortable throughout the race but failed to improve on his personal best, achieved in Berlin in 2019 in 2 hours 3 minutes and 36 seconds.
Sisay Lemma finished third last year, behind Kipchumba, already second, while his compatriot Shura Kitata, last year’s winner, was not really able to defend his chances this year and finished sixth.
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