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Kipchoge: It felt like the Olympics

28 April 2015, 10:40

Nairobi - Newly crowned London Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge says the race felt like an Olympic event.

Kipchoge won Sunday’s men’s race in a time of 02:04:42 to lead a Kenyan top four.

He was followed in by defending champion and race record holder Wilson Kipsang in 02:04:47, while current world marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto was third in 02:05:50 and 2014 runner up Stanley Biwott was fourth in 02:06:41.

"The race was good and I feel OK. This is a major championships and it was like an Olympic Games,” he told the BBC.

"To only have 500 metres to go and be next to someone like Kipsang shows this is a major competition. The crowd was wonderful and they lifted my spirits."

Kipsang, who also won in 2012 race, was pleased with his performance despite not claiming his third title.

"I'm happy for my friend to have won and for me as defending champion to run a good time and get second place, I'm really happy. It was a very tough race but a fantastic one," he said.

The women’s race was won by Ethiopia’s Tigist Tufa won in 02:23:22, while Kenya could only manage second place as 2010 and 2011 champion Mary Keitany finished in 02:23:40. Tirfi Tsegaye, another Ethiopian runner, took third place in 02:23:41.

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