Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele crosses the end line to win the Berlin Marathon on September 29, 2019 in Berlin. John MACDOUGALL / AFP
Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele broke Mo Farah’s course document as he gained the London half-marathon on Sunday in a time of 1 hour and 22 seconds.
Bekele took 1min 18sec off the document set in 2019 by British distance nice Farah, who missed this yr’s version with an Achilles harm.
Britain’s Christopher Thompson completed second, with Jake Smith third.
Sunday’s occasion served as a warm-up occasion for the complete London Marathon on April 26. That race is ready to see Bekele go up in opposition to Eliud Kipchoge, the reigning Olympic champion from Kenya, as the 2 quickest marathon runners of all time meet within the British capital.
“The new course record is a great bonus. I wasn’t focused on time today, I just wanted to win,” Bekele, thrice an Olympic gold medallist on the monitor, advised the BBC.
“I’m on schedule in my preparation for the London Marathon in April.
“There’s no query concerning the crowds in London being nice. They have been cheering throughout the course and it felt like an important place to be.”
Farah determined to focus on the marathon having gained gold within the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres at each the London and Rio Video games, however a relative lack of success on the street has seen him flip his consideration again to the monitor forward of this yr’s Olympics in Tokyo.