World record holder Brigid Kosgei retained her London Marathon title with a commanding performance on a wet and closed course in the city.
The 26-year-old Kenyan, who broke Paula Radcliffe’s world record in Chicago last year with a time of 2:1404, went clear of world champion Ruth Chepngetich after mile 18.
She finished alone on The Mall in two hours 18 minutes and 58 seconds to claim the Sh3.2million prize.
Chepngetich was dramatically overhauled by American Sara Hall for second.
The London Marathon, rescheduled from its traditional April date because of coronavirus, is taking place over 19 laps around St James’s Park.
What an outstanding run, congratulations Brigid Kosgei on successfully defending your title and winning the #LondonMarathon. You have lived up to the strong Kenyan tradition in distance running. Keep going and keep inspiring. Hongera! pic.twitter.com/X3r9WVFkxw
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) October 4, 2020
— Hon. Charles Keter, EGH (@ketercharles) October 4, 2020
Hongera Brigid Kosgei for defending your #LondonMarathon women's race title. Congratulations are in order to Ruth Chepngetich for coming 3rd. We are proud of you #TeamKenya for flying our country's flag high. pic.twitter.com/hYFJfUuEUk
— Stephen Sang (@Araap_Sang) October 4, 2020
— Chris Kirubi (@CKirubi) October 4, 2020
— Kalonzo Musyoka (@skmusyoka) October 4, 2020
Hongera to Kenya's Brigid Kosgei for retaining the women's #Londonmarathon2020 after producing a brilliant solo run to claim victory. Congratulations to compatriot Ruth Chepngetich for finishing third in the race. Now hoping for the best for @EliudKipchoge in the men's marathon. pic.twitter.com/JtBhqk4Air
— Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) October 4, 2020
Congratulations Brigid Kosgei & Ruth Chepng’etich for triumphantly defending your London Marathon title & emerging third in the race, respectively. Your endurance, mental strength, will-power & assiduity are a solid manifest that Kenya is home to the world’s top-ranking athletes. pic.twitter.com/5L5d2yY9XU
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) October 4, 2020
Congratulations Brigid Kosgei for winning #Londonmarathon2020 and Ruth Chepng’etich for coming 3rd. Keep making Kenya Great !
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) October 4, 2020