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London Marathon 2024 results: Peres Jepchirchir breaks women’s only world record

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Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir stormed to victory in a women’s only world-record time of two hours 16 minutes and 16 seconds in the London Marathon.

World record holder Tigst Assefa, Megertu Alemu, also of Ethiopia, and Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei also beat the previous women’s only record of 2:17:01, set by Mary Keitany in 2017.

Kenya’s Alexander Mutiso Munyao held off distance-running great Kenenisa Bekele to win the men’s race in 2:04:01.

The British duo of Emile Cairess and Mahamed Mahamed finished third and fourth.

Cairess’ time of 2:06:46 makes him the second-fastest British man of all-time over the distance and the first to finish on the podium since Mo Farah in 2018.

Both Cairess and Mahamed are now set to go to this summer’s Olympics after finishing well under the qualifying time of 2:08:10.

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