Former world champion Eliud Kipchoge outran his Kenyan compatriot Wilson Kipsang to win the men’s race at the London Marathon on Sunday.

Kipchoge recorded a winning time of two hours, four minutes, 42 seconds. Kipsang followed in five seconds later while world record holder Dennis Kimetto completed a Kenyan sweep of the top three places by finishing third.

Earlier, Ethiopia’s Tigist Tufa was the surprise winner of the women’s London Marathon on Sunday after her powerful late break saw her cruise home 18 seconds clear of Kenyan Mary Keitany.

After a tentative race Tufa broke clear in the closing miles and sauntered down the Mall, waving to the crowd, to clock two hours, 23 minutes, 22 seconds, followed by Keitany (2:23.40) and Ethiopian Tirfi Tsegaye (2:23.41).

The race was expected to be dominated by Kenya’s ‘fantastic four’ of Keitany, Edna and Florence Kiplagat and Priscah Jeptoo but they struggled in blustery conditions around the twisting London streets.

Despite the stellar field the race was a cagey affair and with many of the leading names refusing to make a break it was Tufa who finished best with a dominant late burst.

Meanwhile, Lucas Rotich won the 30th edition of the Hamburg marathon. Rotich crossed the finish line in a time of 2:07:17 hours ahead of Ghirmay Ghebreslassie from Eritrea (2:07:47) in difficult conditions. Stephen Chebogut came in third with a time of 2:08:01.

“The rain has prevented a better time. But I am very satisfied and have always tried to push,” Rotich said.

In the women’s race Meseret Hailu from Ethiopia won in an unofficial time of 2:25:41 hours.

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