Mo Farah finishes eighth in first full London Marathon as Wilson Kipsang wins
12:38 13 April 2014
Mo Farah finished in eighth place in his debut London Marathon as Wilson Kipsang claimed victory on the streets of the capital.
The Newham and Essex Beagle missed out in his quest to set the British record by more than a minute but did lower the time for an Englishman.
His overall finishing time was two hours, eight minutes and 21 seconds was three minutes and 52 seconds behind the Kenyan winner.
The outcome led to questions about Farah’s future in the endurance event but he insisted that he will return in 2015.
“I will be back,” Farah said. “I’m not going to finish it like this. I would have been disappointed to do my first marathon anywhere else.
“I gave it my all but I just wish I gave a little bit more to the crowd and all the supporters.
“It was pretty tough. I’m quite disappointed but you try things and if they don’t work, at least you gave it a go.
“I missed one drink station but it was really just the pace - I should have gone with the front group.
“The pacemakers I had were slightly ahead of me but you learn - life goes on.”
Stanley Biwott came in in second place with Tsegaye Kebebe taking the final place on the podium.
In the elite women’s race Edna Kiplagat saw off compatriot Florence Kiplagat to win in a time of two hours, 20 minutes and 21 seconds. Tirunesh Dibaba claimed third place.
Brit David Weir was beaten by Marcel Hug in the men’s wheelchair race, while Tatyana McFadden claimed victory by more than a minute in the women’s wheelchair race.