Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma wins men’s London Marathon with blistering time of 2:04.01

Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma won the men’s London Marathon while Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei was victorious on her debut in the women’s race.

The 30-year-old Lemma, who was third in the race last year, completed the 26.2 mile route in a time of 2:04.01.

He finished 27 seconds ahead of Vincept Kimchuma of Keyna and Lemma’s compatriot Mosinet Geremew rounded out the podium.

Sisay Lemma pulled away from the leading pack to take a commanding London Marathon win

Sisay Lemma pulled away from the leading pack to take a commanding London Marathon win

Sisay Lemma pulled away from the leading pack to take a commanding London Marathon win

Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei clinched the London Marathon on her debut in the race

Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei clinched the London Marathon on her debut in the race

Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei clinched the London Marathon on her debut in the race

The victory made up for his third place finish last year where he finished four seconds off first place.

Shura Kitata who was the defending champion from 2020 could only manage sixth this time around.   

Jepkosgei opted to race in London over the defense of her New York title next month. It paid off after winning in a time of 2:17.43. Degitu Azimeraw of Ethiopia was second with compatriot Ashete Bekere third.

There were Swiss winners of the wheelchair races with Marcel Hug claiming his third men’s title in London, while Manuela Schar triumphed for the second time in the women’s race.

It was the first full-scale staging of the London Marathon in more than two years due to the pandemic, with around 40,000 runners joining some of the world’s best on the route from Blackheath in southeast London to The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace in the center of the city.

Lemma finished 27 seconds clear after finishing four seconds down on first place in 2020

Lemma finished 27 seconds clear after finishing four seconds down on first place in 2020

Lemma finished 27 seconds clear after finishing four seconds down on first place in 2020

Jepkosgei was vindicated in her decision to choose London over the New York Marathon

Jepkosgei was vindicated in her decision to choose London over the New York Marathon

Jepkosgei was vindicated in her decision to choose London over the New York Marathon

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