16 seconds off the record! Kelvin Kiptum makes history at the London Marathon

by France Press agency | Apr 23, 2023 11:27 a.m

London, United Kingdom | he Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum won the London Marathon on Sunday With the second best time in history, thanks to a record of 2 hours, 1 minute and 25 seconds, 16 seconds remaining behind compatriot Eliud Kipchoge’s world record.

Kiptum, who has already achieved the third-best world record in history after participating in his first marathon, in Valencia in December, accelerated after an hour and a half of racing and He finished ahead of compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor and Ethiopian Tamirat Tola, the world champion in the discipline.

in the streets of the British capital, Not only was Kiptum close to compatriot Eliud Kipchoge’s world record (2h01:09), He was defeated in September 2022 in Berlin (Germany), but also, with his time of 2h01:25, beat the benchmark for the London Marathon in just over a minute, which was also in Kipchoge’s possession.

Far away were two athletics legends. On the other hand, Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, who returned to London after a long absence due to injuries, and who now has the third best mark in the history of the distance, was displaced by Kiptum.

On the other hand is Britain’s Mo Farah, who was running his last marathon on Sunday in London.

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