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6th May 2019

Eliud Kipchoge wins the Virgin Money London Marathon

On Sunday 28 April 2019, Eliud Kipchoge cemented his status as the greatest marathon runner of all time as he became the first elite man in history to win the world’s greatest marathon for a fourth time.

Kipchoge, who set a new world record at the BMW Berlin Marathon in September 2018, won in London in the second fastest marathon ever recorded, crossing the finishing line in a remarkable two hours two minutes and 37 seconds, despite the windy conditions.

Eliud Kipchoge approaches the Virgin Money London Marathon finish line. Credit: Dan Vernon

“I’m very, very happy to have won this race four times. It was a very tactical race as everyone was there but I know how to win this race and I was confident. I didn’t feel it was in doubt at any point."

The reigning Olympic champion improved his own course record, set in 2016, by 28 seconds and extended his extraordinary career record to 11 victories in 12 marathons with a winning streak that stretches back to September 2013.

Kipchoge said “I’m very, very happy to have won this race four times. It was a very tactical race as everyone was there but I know how to win this race and I was confident. I didn’t feel it was in doubt at any point.

“I am a man who doesn’t like celebrations. I have a great team with my sponsors, management and coaches. I will get together and have tea and dinner with them. It’s good to go back on a low profile and just chill, stay with the family, plan for the next season and stay focused.

“It is better to be humble and succeed for a long time”.

Kipchoge has now returned to Kenya to rest and recover with his family and friends before his training begins for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge.

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