London Marathon live: Latest updates as Sir Mo Farah enters race for final time

London Marathon 2023: Elite women hit the road

The London marathon is back at its usual April venue and some of the world’s top endurance athletes will be competing on the streets of the capital on Sunday – as well as thousands of others attending the general public.

Kenenisa Bekele, Kelvin Kiptum, Birhanu Legese and Mosinet Geremuw all competed, four of the five fastest male runners in history, while the elite women list includes world record holder Brigid Kosgei and last year’s winner Yalemzerf Yehualaw.

The course sees participants starting in South Greenwich and heading back towards central London to cut the Cutty Sark on the Thames, hugging the river as they cruise through Bermondsey and cross Tower Bridge. From there it passes through the old Docklands and Canary Wharf before turning back to begin the final route through central London, passing the edge of St James’s Park and on to the famous finish at The Mall near Buckingham Palace.

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Follow the London Marathon 2023 live below:


London marathon live

Defending champion, Olympic champion. Megartu was third last year. And the great athlete Hassan.

Elsewhere, Kiptum starts to pick up the pace and opens a small gap – but then misses his drink. That could be significant. However, he does not change his approach, he quickly created a distance of about 20 meters between himself and the rest, just as he tried to win in Valencia. 1:30:00 now for men.

Karl MatchettApr 23, 2023 11:32 am


London Marathon: How technology is making the race totally different from its ancient beginnings

The marathon should always be ancient. When the event began at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, it was intended as a way to appeal to ancient traditions; to the ancient Greek origins of the games and the probably mythical story of the runner Pheidippides, who ran from Marathon to Athens to report on the success of the battle there.

No one knows exactly what shoes – or none – Pheidippides wore. But the shoes of its contemporary peers are so advanced that they would have seemed completely alien to any ancient Greek or even the marathon runner a few decades ago.

More on the increasingly important role of tech in sport here:

Karl MatchettApril 23, 2023 11:30 am


London marathon live

Well then. Hassan is back in the lead group after catching up all the distance so five are looking at that late fight as we break the two hour mark.

Chepkirui is next in their sights, then the other three are all more or less level.

Will we see a debutant as the winner? A back-to-back winner? All options are still on the table here.

Karl MatchettApr 23, 2023 11:27 am


London marathon live

Kipruto, Kiptum and Legese lead the men. Kamworor is also present. They’re in the race there for an hour and ten minutes.

But for now our focus is on the women’s race, which has a great finish in sight.

Sam Harrison is 12th, the leading Brit, sure to be looking for a PB by the looks of it.

Yehualaw, Jepchirchir, Chepkirui and Megertu fight in the leading quartet. Korir and Hassan are still close behind.


Karl MatchettApr 23, 2023 11:18 am


Karl MatchettApr 23, 2023 11:08 am


London marathon live

In the men’s race, Kelvin Kiuptum is currently just one second ahead of the chasing group.

Hassan has closed the gap to about 20 meters on the leaders in the women’s race – Jepchirchir leads, Chepkirui is second but certainly quite balanced. Real excitement builds at the end of this race and it could be a scintillating ending.

Karl MatchettApr 23, 2023 11:04 am


London marathon live

The leaders of the men’s race come across the bridge. Mo Farah is about to fall over when he grabs his drink right at the start. Emile Cairess is also just behind him.

Huge crowds across the bridge as always as we pass the one hour mark.

Karl MatchettApr 23, 2023 11:02 am


London marathon live

Hassan is bridging the gap to the top runners – we’re 1:31:30 in the women’s marathon and about 14km to go.

At the moment there is a group of six at the top, with Jepchirchir, Dibaba and Yehualaw all leading.

Karl MatchettApril 23, 2023 11:00 am


London marathon live

And in a surprising twist, it’s Madison de Rozario rounding the final corner in front of us, and she’s freaking out to claim her second London Marathon victory!

Schar in second, Debrunner in third and Scaroni in fourth, while the group that led consistently crossed the finish line in quick succession.

Karl MatchettApr 23, 2023 10:57 am


London marathon live

The women’s wheelchair race is nearing the final kilometers and Catherine Debrunner is in front, Madison de Rozario, Susannah Scaroni and Manuela Schar are all close – it’s still a four-way battle but it needs a big finish from one of the other Debrunner rework.

Karl MatchettApr 23, 2023 10:52 am


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