Nitender finishes 27 at London Marathon

India Nitender Singh Rawat finished 27 at the London Marathon on Sunday with a timing of 2:15.59s..

Nitender Singh Rawat recorded the fourth best time of his career with a 27-placed finish at the London Marathon.   -  Getty Images

India’s Nitender Singh Rawat, who had planned to break Shivnath Singh’s 40-year-old marathon national record (2:12.00s), finished 27 in the elite men’s category of the London Marathon on Sunday in 2:15.59s.

That was Nitender’s fourth best time of his career. The Armyman, who hails from Uttarakhand, has a personal best of 2:15.18s which came with the South Asian Games title in Guwahati three years ago.

Olympic champion Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge clinched his fourth London Marathon title finishing 2:02.37s, bettering his 2:01.39s in Berlin last year.

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The 34-year-old, whose previous London triumphs came in the 2015, 2016 and 2018 editions, was in imperious form as he broke clear of Ethiopia's Mosinet Geremew and Mule Wasihun, second and third respectively.

Britain's Mo Farah, who is embroiled in a controversy with marathon great Haile Gebrselassie over an alleged robbery, could not cope with the pace as he finished in fifth place.

In the women's event, Kenya's Brigid Kosgei won the title in an unofficial time of 2:18.19s while Vivian Cheruiyot finished second and Ethiopia's Roza Dereje was third.