Sir Mo Farah endures water bottle nightmare at the London Marathon

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Kipchoge came home in baking sun to clock 2:04:17 after tearing through the first half at record pace, followed two minutes later by Sir Mo Farah who sealed his 10th British record to take third and a cherished spot on the celebrated London podium.

Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge won the race two-minutes ahead of Farah, flirting with world record timing.

He overcame early setbacks that put him way behind leader Kipchoge but still registered a time of 2:06:32 to break Steve Jones's British record achieved in 1985. "I enjoyed the race very much", said the 33 year-old.

"It's so different to the track". I really enjoyed it.

"I gave 110% like I always do".

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"I didn't go with the faster group because the faster group was quicker than I was at the start", Cheruiyot told the BBC. You get heavy legs. "We have this advice going out from our medical director and I just wanted to let everyone know that's the current situation", an organizing official said.

The women's race was just as fascinating as three-winner Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba setting off with their pacemakers in pursuit of Paula Radcliffe's world and course record from 2003.

3-Tadelech Bekele (ETI) 2:21.40.

The 37-year-old, seeking a third London win after placing third in last year's race, ended his career representing Australia with victory on the Gold Coast where he carried the flag at the closing ceremony.

Vivian Cheruiyot timed her run to perfection to win the women's elite race.

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Great Britain's Lily Partridge (2:29:29) claimed a personal best to finish eighth. "I can't do any better than what I did", Farah said.

The 38-year-old pipped Switzerland's Marcel Hug into second place, with Daniel Romanchuk of the United States of America third.

"At the beginning I felt a little bit nervous to be honest, it was a little bit hot and that's why I lifted my visor up to get some air and to cool down a bit, but I'm really happy this year".

Keitany and Dibaba, who were sportingly sharing drinks in the opening segment, were ahead of Radcliffe's schedule through five kilometres in 15:46 and 10 kilometres in 31:46.

Despite breaking the British record with a time of 2hr 6min 21sec, Farah voiced his frustration after a weird incident during the race, which the Daily Mail said was the hottest on record with a temperature of 23.2 deg C.

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