April 13, 2014

London Marathon 2014: Kiprotich Finishes Seven Minutes Behind Winner Wilson Kipsang

Stephen Kiprotich completed his second London Marathon in 12th place with a time of 2hr 11min 37sec, eleven minutes behind the winner Wilson Kipsang of Kenya.

Stephen Kiprotich
Stephen Kiprotich

He pocketed a mere $1,000 (Shs3,900,000) and fell short of earning $100,000 (Shs256m) if he had ran below 2:05:00 plus more $100,000 (Shs256m) if he runs below 2:05:00 had he set a world record.

Kiprotich, Uganda’s reigning World and Olympic marathon was competing in his third race in the city but left with not so good results after finishing sixth last year and could not again keep up with the pace of the likes of Kipsang, who won the event with a new course record of 2hr 4min 29sec, in the leading field.

The 32-year-old Kenyan Kipang’s winning time was 11 seconds inside the previous fastest run in the British capital by Emmanuel Mutai in 2011. Compatriot Stanley Biwott was second, his best finish in London.

Two-time world champion Edna Kiplagat won the women’s race. After twice finishing second in the British capital road race, the 34-year-old Kenyan went one better by completing in 2hr 20min 21sec – three seconds ahead of compatriot and namesake, Florence Kiplagat.

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