Lemma Sisaya from Ethiopia won the men’s London Marathon for the first time on Sunday and Joycelyn Jepkosgey Kenya won her debut in the women’s race.
Lemma, 30, who was third in London last year, covered 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometers) in two hours, four minutes and one second. He was 27 seconds ahead Vincent Kipchuma Kenya, and Mosinet Geremev Ethiopia came in third.
The following month, Jepkosgey decided to race in London to defend her title in New York. It paid off after winning in two hours 17 minutes 43 seconds. Degitu Azimerau from Ethiopia came in second, while compatriot Ashete Bekere came in third.
There were Swiss winners of wheelchair races with Marcel hug claims his third men’s title in London, while Manuela Shr won the women’s race for the second time.
It was the first full-scale London Marathon in more than two years due to the pandemic, with some 40,000 runners joining some of the world’s best runners on a route from Blackheath in southeast London to the shopping center in front of Buckingham Palace in the city center.