Jemima Sumgong survives banged head to win London Marathon

Jemima Sumgong survives banged head to win London Marathon

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Eliud Kipchoge and Jemima Sumgong after winning the Sunday's London Marathon. PHOTO: COURTESY.

London, ENGLAND: Jemima Sumgong survived a dramatic tumble and the attentions of a spectator who jumped over the barriers and nearly caused collision to win an incident-packed women’s race in the London Marathon on Sunday.

Despite feeling dazed and having cuts on her head and shoulder, Sumgong, 31, surged on to claim the race in 2hr 22min 58sec ahead of defending champion Ethiopian Tigist Tufa.

This is Sumgong’s biggest win after a string of near misses with second-place finishes in New York, Boston and Chicago to her name.

Meanwhile compatriot Florence Kiplagat came home third in 2:23:39 while former international race walker Volha Mazuronak managed fourth in 2:23:54.

In men’s charge Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge wrote history after he clocked the second fastest time in history of 2:03:05 to claim the IAAF Gold Label Race.

Kipchoge missed by eight seconds the world record of 2:02:57 set by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto in Berlin two years ago.

Fellow Kenyan Stanley Biwott finished second in 2:03:51 while pre-race favorite Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele could only manage third in 2:06:36.