Kenya’s Amos Kipruto produced a brilliant performance on Sunday, October 2, 2022 to win the prestigious TSC London Marathon title.
The 30-year-old athlete ran a tactical race leaving the other participants to set the pace before taking control in the final stages.
Kipruto who finished behind Eliud Kipchoge at the 2022 Tokyo Marathon crossed the finishing line in 2:04.39 to win his maiden title.
Ethiopian athlete Leul Gebresilase clocked 2:05.16 to finish second ahead of compatriot Bashir Abdi who reached the finishing line in 2:05.19.
Former 5,000m world record holder Kenenisa Bekele struggled at the final lap of the race to settle for a fifth place position in 2:05.53.
In the women’s category, Ethiopian athlete Yalemzerf Yehualaw ran away with the title in sensational fashion.
The 23-year-old runner outpaced defending champion Joyciline Jepkosgei to cross the finishing line in 2:17.26.
The 2020 World Half Marathon bronze medalist ended Kenyan women’s dominance in the race.
Prior to Sunday’s event, Kenyan women had won 9 out of the 10 recent editions with the reigning world record holder Brigid Kosgei winning back to back titles.
Jepkosgei clocked 2:18.06 to settle for second ahead of compatriot Judith Korir who registered a fourth place finish.
Former Prime Minister Raila Amollo Odinga was among a number of prominent individuals who congratulated Kipruto and Jepkosgei for their breathtaking performances.
“Hats off to Amos Kipruto for winning the men's race and Joyciline Jepkosgei for taking Silver in the women's race in today's London Marathon,” read his statement.