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Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei won the 2019 London Marathon in a time of 2:18:20 a new personal best. She beat favourites Vivian Cheruiyot and Mary Keitany.
Kosgei, who won the 2018 Chicago Marathon, opened the gap with over 6km to go. Despite a few glances over her shoulder, she extended the gap and cruised home for the biggest win of her career.
Cheruiyot finished in second, almost a full two minutes behind her in a time of 2:20:14 while Roza Dereje finished in third with a time of 2:20:51.
Kosgei finished second in last year’s event, but ran one of the most remarkable races seen at the event to secure the title.
Kosgei left the rest of the elite women’s field behind her with a blistering second half of the race.
Cheruiyot was initially able to stay with her when Kosgei made a break at the 20-mile mark but could not maintain the pace and drifted away some four miles from the finish.
According to statistics compiled by the BBC, Kosgei ran the second half of the race in a time of 66 minutes and 42 seconds – the fastest for the women’s event.