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Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma wins the men’s London Marathon with a blistering time of 2:04.01

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Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia closes in third place last year by winning the men’s London marathon, while Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya finishes first in the women’s race on her debut

  • Sisay Lemma won the men’s London marathon on Sunday
  • He crossed the line with a time of 2:04.01 with a 27-second lead over second
  • The result makes up for 2020 where he finished third – four seconds in first











Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma won the men’s London Marathon, while Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei triumphed on her debut in the women’s race.

30-year-old Lemma, who finished third in the race last year, completed the 26.2-mile route in a time of 2:04.01.

He finished 27 seconds ahead of Keyna’s Vincept Kimchuma and Lemma’s compatriot Mosinet Geremew rounded out the podium.

Sisay Lemma withdrew from the leading pack to take an impressive London Marathon win

Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei took the London Marathon on her race debut

Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei took the London Marathon on her race debut

The win made up for his third-place finish from last year, where he finished four seconds off first place.

Shura Kitata, who was defending champion from 2020, could only finish sixth this time.

Jepkosgei chose to race in London next month because of her title defense in New York. That paid off after winning in a time of 2:17.43. Degitu Azimeraw from Ethiopia was second with compatriot Ashete Bekere third.

There were Swiss winners of the wheelchair races with Marcel Hug claiming his third men’s title in London, while Manuela Schar was victorious for the second time in the women’s race.

Due to the pandemic, it was the first full run of the London Marathon in over two years, with approximately 40,000 runners joining some of the world’s best on the route from Blackheath in South East London to The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace in the center of the city.

Lemma finished 27 seconds clear after being four seconds behind in first place in 2020

Lemma finished 27 seconds clear after being four seconds behind in first place in 2020

Jepkosgei was justified in her decision to choose London over the New York Marathon

Jepkosgei was justified in her decision to choose London over the New York Marathon

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