Kenya’s Amos Kipruto wins the men’s 2022 London Marathon while 23-year-old Ethopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw recovers from a late fall to produce a dominant performance in the women’s race and clinch gold
- Kenyan Amos Kipruto has won the men’s race in the 2022 London Marathon
- His domination saw him finish almost a minute ahead of Leul Gebresilase
- Yalemzerf Yehualaw ran to a maiden marathon title in the women’s race
- The 23-year-old dominated despite falling after tripping over a speed bump
Kenyan Amos Kipruto won his first London Marathon title on Sunday and Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw stormed to victory in the women’s race ahead of last year’s winner Joyciline Jepkosgei.
Kipruto made a move with five kilometres left as his consistent acceleration allowed him to negotiate a clean lead and avoid a sprint finish with Gebresilase.
The victor finished in two hours four minutes and 39 seconds to take his first marathon title after coming second to world record holder Eliud Kipchoge in Japan in March.
Kenya’s Amos Kipruto stormed to victory to clinch his first-ever London Marathon win
Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw dominated to take a maiden victory in the women’s race
The first Briton home was 28-year-old Weynay Ghebresilasie, who was born in Eritrea but qualified to represent Great Britain last year.
Ghebresilasie finished ninth in a new personal best time of 2:11:57, followed closely by compatriot Philip Sesemann.
Yehualaw, 23, who only ran her first competitive marathon in April in Germany, winning it with the fastest debut time in history and an Ethiopian record, was equally impressive after making light work of the field in London.
Weynay Ghebresilasie was the first Briton over the line in the men’s marathon race
Without home favourite Mo Farah, who withdrew with a hip injury, and Kipchoge absent after smashing his own marathon record in Berlin last week, the other big names fell away in the latter stages of the men’s race.
Veteran Kenenisa Bekele, the second fastest marathoner of all time and one of the greatest distance runners in history, dropped off the leading group as did last year’s champion, Ethiopian Sisay Lemma.
Kipruto’s title on debut in London never looked in doubt after that as he crossed the line well ahead of Ethiopian Leul Gebresilase in second followed by Somali-born Belgian Bashir Abdi in third. Bekele dug deep to finish fifth.
In the absence of world record holder and twice London Marathon champion Brigid Kosgei, who withdrew due to a hamstring injury, seven women had pulled clear by the halfway stage, led by Ethiopia’s Ashete Bekere.
Yehualaw recovered from a fall at the 33km mark after appearing to trip on a speed bump
One by one the leading group dropped out, with Yehualaw, who fell at the 33-kilometre mark, and Kenyan Jepkosgei picking up the pace to open up a gap over the field with five kilometres remaining.
Yehualaw appeared to trip on a speed bump with six miles remaining but recovered to rejoin the leading pack.
The 23-year-old came home in 2 hours 17 minutes and 25 seconds – the third fastest time at the event – as defending champion Joyciline Jepkosgei, of Kenya, had to settle for second.
Yehualaw established a commanding lead in the closing stages, crossing the line in two hours, 17 minutes and 25 seconds, ahead of Jepkosgei and Ethiopia’s Alemu Megertu in third.