The reigning Valencia Marathon champion, Kelvin Kiptum made a huge a statement when he broke away from the lead group at the 30k mark at the 47thh edition of the London Marathon on Sunday (23) in London.
The 23 year-old won his second consecutive marathon after winning the Valencia Marathon last year in with a time of 2:01.53 to become, at the time, the third-fastest man in history.
The winning time of 2:01.26 in London made Kiptum supplant Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia as the second-fastest man in history, breaking the old course record of 2:02.37 that was set in 2019 by the World marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya.
Two time world cross country champion Geoffrey kamworor made it a 1-2 Kenyan podium finish as he crossed the line in second a new personal best of 2:02.58 with World marathon champion, Tamirat Tola closing the podium three finishes in a time of 2:04.59.
Mo Farah, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic champion at 5000m and 10,000m, was ninth in what he said would be his final marathon. Fellow 40-year-old Bekele appeared to drop out between 25km and 30km.