April 28, 2019
LONDON – The greatness that is Eliud Kipchoge continued today at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon as the world record holder once again came up with
Kipchoge used to 4:26 25th mile to break free of Ethiopians Mosinet Geremew, the 2018 Dubai Champ, and Mule Wasihun last year's Amsterdam runner-up at 2:04:37, and went on to win his 10th straight major marathon in 2:02:37, lowering his 2017 course record by 28 seconds and running the # 2 time in history in the process. Geremew was a much deserved second in 2:02:55, the third best time in history and a time that lasted until September when Kipchoge ran 2:01
Let some of those facts sink in a little. Kipchoge just won his 10th straight Abbott World Marathon Major. A human just ran 2:02:55 and lost a marathon by nearly 20 seconds.
Britain's Mo Farah Lost contact with the leaders at the halfway mark but at 35k he was still on sub-2: 04 pace (2:03:49) and within a minute of the lead, but he fades late and ends up fifth in 2:05:39. The race
On a day with temps in the 50s and some wind (13 mph at the women's start), 9 men found themselves in a second of the lead at halfway (1:01:37). 61:37 pi, the man who has a 2:01:39 pb, and he made the 14th mile the fastest in the race up to that point, 4:32. In the process, Kipchoge passed the rabbit and Farah,
After passing the rabbit, Kipchoge motioned to the
For the rest of the race, Kipchoge would serve as the unofficial pacemaker. Not once in the second half of the race would he give up the lead. And with Kipchoge in front, the pace increased. Kipchoge ran miles 14-18 on 4:32, 4:34, but with history's greatest marathoner in charge 4:34, 4:32, and 4:39. As a result at 30k (1:27:04 – 2:02:28 pace), the lead pack was down to four – the eventual top three plus Shura Kitata – the 2019 London and New York runner- up.
Even though the pace was super fast, those four stayed together through 23 as the pace slowed ever so slightly – 4:50 (uphill), 4:43, 4:51, 4:45, 4:46 .
During the 24th mile (4:42 -1: 52: 32), Kitata was dropped to the final three. Even though the pace was still on sub-2: 03 Pace at 39k (1: 53.37 – 2:02:56 Pace), Kipchoge still had two Ethiopians to contend with. What would he do?
Well the 40th kilometer and 25th of the marathon should be remembered as some of the greatest marathons in history as Kipchoge had left in the tank. He covered the 40th kilometer in 2:42 (that's 4:21 mile pace) and the 25th mile in 4:26 to break free of his rivals, first Wasihun around 1:55:10 mark and then Geremew about 20 seconds later.
Geremew did not fade – he stayed steady at 2:02 Kipchoge is a machine. He maintains his supreme form, with a small smile on his face all the way home. In the final 15 seconds of the race, Kipchoge starts to raise his right finger up in a # 1 sign, then his left, before both sides of the crowd, first with his right hand and then with his left, before putting both hands out as he approached the line.
A master craftsman enjoying his exceptional work.
This is a flash recap. Much more coming from London including full analysis and video interviews. Leading results here.
Unofficial mile by mile recap:
Men's race (Mile splits courtesy of Helmut Winter and Sean Hartnett)
Mile 1: 4:37 Three pacers at the front, with Kipchoge right behind them. Farah is the last man in the pack, running behind a fourth pacer
Mile 2: 4:43. Mile 3: 4:30 (big downhill)
Mile 4: 4:40
Mile 5: Mile 6: 4:46
Mile 7: 4:45
Mile 8: 4:42
Mile 9: 4:45. Farah is now only about 5 meters wide.
Mile 10: 4:42. Farah has closed the gap, only about 2 meters behind the lead pack (about 10m behind Kipchoge, who has sat right at the front of the pacers from the gun).
Mile 11: 4: 43
Mile 12: 4:45
Mile 13: 4:45.
HALF: 61:37. 9 men up front. Farah now falling back a bit
Mile 14: 4:32, fastest of the race. That is why Farah has dropped back. He's now about 30 meters back. Down to one pacer now during 15 miles as it's Kipchoge, Germew, Kitata, Wasihun, and Gebresilasie. They have now passed the pacer.
When Kipchoge passed the pacer, he looked back and moved to the other runners as if to say: "I'm taking over now, if you want a chance at winning, you better." come with me.
Mile 15: 4:34
Mile 16: 4:34 Gebresilasie has dropped
Mile 17: 4 : 32 Kipchoge still grinding
Mile 18: 4:39
Mile 19: 4:50. Slowest of the race, but it's uphill mile.
Mile 20: 4:43. Still Kipchoge, Geremew, Wasihun, Kitata. Kipchoge has been leading this thing.
Mile 21: 4:51 project: 2:02:45
Mile 22: 4:45 proj : 2:02:50
Mile 23: 4:46 Kitata dropped during mile 24. Wasihun and Geremew still right behind Kipchoge. right around 1:50:30)
Mile 24: 4:42 Wasihun now dropping during the mile 25 [they are not in the air]
Geremew does not get his bottle at 40k, and He stays on the left side of the road.
1: 55: 39sh Kipchoge gets drink. Kipchoge gets drink. Geremew down '
Mile 25: 4:26 Geremew is gone. It's all over. Grin / grimace on his face now as he's pulling away. Puffs his cheeks out in the final mile as he approaches Buckingham Palace. Only sign that he is remotely human.