Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei won the women’s London Marathon on Sunday as Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma triumphed in the men’s race in the first full-scale staging of the event since the coronavirus pandemic.
Brigid Kosgei, aiming to become the first woman to win three consecutive London Marathon titles since Germany’s Katrin Doerre in 1994, came fourth.
Jepkosgei won in a personal-best time of 2hr 17min 43sec.
Ethiopia’s Degitu Azimeraw finished second in 2:17.58 and compatriot Ashete Bekere was third in 2:18.18.
Lemma failed to finish the Olympic marathon in Japan in August but bounced back to win in the British capital in 2:04.01.
Kenya’s Vincent Kipchumba finished the runner-up for the second year running in 2:04.28 and Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew came third with a time of 2:04.41.
The London Marathon returned to normality for the first time since 2019 after being held without amateur runners or spectators last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The pandemic forced the event to be moved from April to October in 2020, with a small number of elite runners completing laps around St James’s Park.