Track and Field

Amos Kipruto dominant in earning 1st London Marathon men's title in 3rd attempt

Debutant Amos Kipruto, a world bronze medallist in Doha in 2019, won the men's race at the London Marathon on Sunday while Yalemzerf Yehualaw of Ethiopia recovered from a fall to win the women's event.

Ethiopia's Yalemzerf Yehualaw takes women's race despite fall 10 km from finish line

Amos Kipruto of Kenya wins the elite men's race at Sunday's London Marathon in two hours four minutes 39 seconds to beat Ethiopia's Leul Gebresilase. (Paul Harding/Getty Images)

Debutant Amos Kipruto won the men's race at the London Marathon on Sunday, with Yalemzerf Yehualaw triumphing in the women's.

Kipruto, a world bronze medallist in Doha in 2019, finished in a time of two hours four minutes 39 seconds.

The 30-year-old Kenyan pulled away from the rest of the field as it reached the final five kilometers. Leul Gebresilase of Ethiopia was second and Belgian Bashir Abdi third.

Yehualaw recovered from a fall to win the women's race. The 23-year-old appeared to trip on a speed bump with six miles remaining, but recovered to rejoin the leading pack and came home in 2:17:25, the third fastest time at the event.

Yehualaw's victory came just six months after making her debut over the distance. She is the youngest ever London Marathon champion.

Ethiopia's Yalemzerf Yehualaw breaks the tape to win the women's race on Sunday after the 23-year-old appeared to trip on a speed bump 10 kilometres from the finish. (Glyn Kirk/ AFP via Getty Images)

Defending champion Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya had to settle for second.

This year's race is taking place in October for the third and final time, after it was moved in 2020 due to COVID-19. It will return to its traditional April date next year.

Marcel Hug and Catherine Debrunner won the wheelchair titles, setting new course records.

Defending champion Hug won in 1:24:38.

Debrunner prevailed for the first time in 1:38:24.

Man, 36, dies after participating

A 36-year-old man died after running in the London Marathon, organizers said Monday.

The man collapsed around the 38 km mark, London Marathon Events said in a statement.

He received immediate medical treatment and an ambulance arrived within three minutes. He died in a hospital in London.

The organizers expressed their "sincere condolences" to the man's friends and family.

The cause of death has yet to be established.

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