London Marathon: Mo Farah Loses Out On Title

It was a disappointing début outing for Olympic Champion Mo Farah as he lost his bid to win the London Marathon on Sunday.

The 31-year-old who came eight in the race was beaten to the finish line by Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang.

Farah had also hoped to beat the British record of 2:07:13 seconds for the race, set by Steve Jones in 1985.

He was left disappointed however, after finishing in 2:08:21 seconds instead.

Speaking to the BBC after the race, Farah said: “I will be back. I gave it a go but I’m disappointed I didn’t give a bit more than the crowd deserved.

“It was the strongest field ever brought together by the London Marathon. It would have been wrong to do any other marathon. This is my hometown.”

As usual, the race was a colourful and fun affair with many taking part in the race dressed in costumes as temperatures in the capital soared into the late teens.

Many Londoners lined the streets to give support to runners who included everyone from celebrities such as Amy Willerton to shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.

Many of the participants take part in the yearly event to raise thousands in aid of their favoured charity.

Wilson Kipsang crosses the finish line at the London Marathon Photo: bbc.co.uk

Wilson Kipsang crosses the finish line at the London Marathon
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Disappointed: Mo Farah finishes race 8th during the London Marathon Photo: bbc.co.uk

Disappointed: Mo Farah finishes the  race 8th during the London Marathon
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Line up of contenders at the start pf the London Marathon

Line up of contenders at the start of the London Marathon

For some, it's a challenge that brings great satisfaction when completed Photo: bbc.co.uk

For some, it’s a challenge that brings great satisfaction when completed
Photo: bbc.co.uk

Photo: bbc.co.uk

Photo: bbc.co.uk

Richard Whitehead, Michael Owen and Ed balls at the London Marathon photo: bbc.co.uk

Richard Whitehead, Michael Owen and Ed balls at the London Marathon
photo: bbc.co.uk

A man tackles the challenging race cwhile strapping a fridge to his back, Michellin star chef Michel Roux also joins in the race. Photo: bbc.co.uk

A man tackles the challenging race cwhile strapping a fridge to his back, Michellin star chef Michel Roux also joins in the race.
Photo: bbc.co.uk

 

 

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