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Jemima Sumgong wins women's London Marathon

Kenyan runner Jemima Sumgong has crossed the finish line of the women's London Marathon with a winning time of 2:22:58.

Jemima Sumgong has won the women's London Marathon Credit: Reuters

Despite suffering a heavy fall near the end of the race, the 31-year-old picked herself back up and went on to beat last year's winner, Ethiopian Tigist Tufa, in a close final mile.

Sumgong took a tumble at around 23 miles, apparently tangling feet with Aselefech Mergia in an incident that also saw one of the favourites Mary Keitany fall.

Sumgong, who has been a runner-up in the Boston, Chicago and New York marathons, cracked her head against the floor but ignored her clear discomfort to rejoin the leading pack and eventually pass them.

David Weir denied victory in sprint finish

Weir crossed the line in third after a sprint finish. Credit: Reuters

David Weir was again denied a record seventh Virgin Money London Marathon title, as Marcel Hug won a sprint finish in the men's wheelchair race.

Weir finished second in 2014 and 2015 and was edged into third this time, with Switzerland's Hug powering towards the finish line ahead of American Kurt Fearnley.

Hug, who won the race two year's ago but suffered a puncture last time around, was clocked at one hour 35 minutes and 19 seconds.


Tim Peake gears up for space marathon

British astronaut Tim Peake has posted a picture of London from space as he prepares to join marathon runners today from a treadmill in space.

He posted a picture gearing up thousands of runners ready to take on the challenge today.

Peake will be pounding alongside them in a virtual marathon competed on a treadmill in the International Space Station.

London Marathon chief concerned by doping claims

London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel has said race organisers are "very concerned" by allegations in the Sunday Times that seven winners in a 12-year period recorded suspicious blood scores.

The newspaper has published fresh allegations following its analysis of drugs test data from 2001 to 2012.

It said the winners of 34 major marathons around the world - one in four - during the period should have faced censure or investigation because of their test results, with those athletes collecting more than £3million in prize money.

We believe there are people in our sport who are cheating and everyone has a part to play to protect those who are not.

We continue to be at the forefront of anti-doping measures for marathon runners as we are determined to make marathon running a safe haven from doping but we cannot do it all on our own and rely heavily on the IAAF.

We are therefore very concerned by the allegations made in the Sunday Times today and we will be discussing the implications of the allegations with the IAAF.

– Nick Bitel


Radcliffe thanks crowd for London Marathon support

Paula Radcliffe has tweeted her thanks to the crowd who supported her during her last London Marathon.

She added that her memories "will last a lifetime and beyond".

London Marathon: 38,000 join biggest ever event

A man is helped by a stewardafter finishing the Virgin Money London Marathon Credit: Reuters

In excess of 38,000 fundraisers, amateur runners and elite athletes took part in the Virgin Money London Marathon today, making it the biggest in the event's 35-year history.

The best pictures from the 2015 London Marathon

From wacky costumes to knackered runners struggling over the finish line, the London Marathon has it all. Here's a collection of some of the best moments of the day - so far.

Happy runners before their ordeal Credit: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
A man dressed as a blackcurrant fairy, perhaps Credit: Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett
A man is helped by paramedics after finishing Credit: Reuters / Paul Childs
Fans cheer von the runners Credit: Reuters / Andrew Boyers
Marathon runners dressed as David Cameron and Nigel Farage Credit: Adam Davy / PA Wire
Somehow someone let a rhino run the marathon Credit: Adam Davy / PA Wire
Runners cross Tower Bridge Credit: Adam Davy / PA Wire
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