London Marathon: Kipchoge wins again, Sumgong clinches women's title

Eliud Kipchoge clocked an unofficial time of 2:03:05, just eight seconds shy of the world record set by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto at the Berlin Marathon in September 2014.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line at the London Marathon.   -  REUTERS

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya set a new course record in winning the London Marathon for the second straight year on Sunday.

The former track star clocked an unofficial time of 2:03:05, just eight seconds shy of the world record set by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto at the Berlin Marathon in September 2014.

Kipchoge broke clear of another Kenyan, Stanley Biwott, with about three kilometres to go and sprinted home well clear.

He is the first man to win back-to-back London marathons since Martin Lel of Kenya in 2008.

Jemima Sumgong of Kenya survived a bad fall late in the race to win the women's London Marathon for the first time on Sunday.

Sumgong banged the side of her head off the road when three runners went down after clashing at a drinks station, but she rejoined the leaders and eventually outpaced last year's winner, Tigist Tufa of Ethiopia, over the last mile.

It was the Kenyan's first major marathon victory since Rotterdam three years ago and followed runner-up finishes in Boston, Chicago and New York.

She posted an unofficial time of 2:22:58, five seconds ahead of Tufa with third place going to Florene Kiplagat of Kenya in 2:23:29.