Wilson Kipsang, the world-record holder, won the men’s London Marathon, beating fellow Kenyan Stanley Biwott. Edna Kiplagat, the world champion, won the women’s event.
Kipsang posted a provisional time of 2:04:29 for the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) race, a course record, according to the BBC, while Biwott ran 2:04:55. Edna Kiplagat won in 2:20:21, beating fellow Kenyan Florence Kiplagat, who finished at 2:20:24.
Britain’s double Olympic track champion Mo Farah, 31, making his debut over the marathon distance, finished eighth with a time of 2:08:21. He won the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics.
Today’s race, which started in southeast London and ended at the Mall, near Buckingham Palace, took place in bright sunshine, amid temperatures of about 12 degrees Celsius (54 Fahrenheit).
It was the 34th running of the London Marathon. As well as elite runners, this year’s event attracted about 35,500 participants, many of them taking part to raise money for charitable causes.
The marathon route, starting in Blackheath, went past the National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark ship as well as taking runners over Tower Bridge and past Canary Wharf, Big Ben and Parliament Square.
Richard Branson’s Virgin Money Plc financial-services company is title sponsor of the London Marathon.