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2018 London Marathon

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38th London Marathon
Eliud Kipchoge and Vivian Cheruiyot
VenueLondon, England
Date22 April 2018
MenEliud Kipchoge (2:04:17)
WomenVivian Cheruiyot (2:18:31)
Wheelchair menDavid Weir (1:31:15)
Wheelchair womenMadison de Rozario (1:42:58)
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The 2018 London Marathon was the 38th running of the annual marathon race in London, England, which took place on Sunday, 22 April.[1][2] Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge and Vivian Cheruiyot won elite races. In the wheelchair races, Britain's David Weir and Australia's Madison de Rozario topped the podium.

Around 386,050 people applied to enter the race: 54,685 had their applications accepted and 40,926 started the race. These were all record highs for the race.[3] A total of 40,179 runners, 23,701 men and 16,478 women, finished the race.[4] The race was formally started by Queen Elizabeth.[5][6] It was officially recorded as the hottest London Marathon to date at a peak temperature of 24.1 °C (75.4 °F).[7]

In the under-17 Mini Marathon, the 3-mile able-bodied and wheelchair events were won by Luke Duffy (14:24), Cera Gemmell (16:38), Zhou Zien (13:05) and Kare Adenegan (12:37).[8]


On 23 March 2018, London Marathon Limited, the organisers of the event announced that the Queen would formally start the race by "step[ping] onto a special podium in front of the Round Tower in the grounds of Windsor Castle to push the start button at 10:00 a.m."[6] The formality marked the anniversary of the 1908 Olympic Marathon, which was started at the same venue by the then Princess Mary, who is The Queen's grandmother. It marked the third time a member of the royal family has started the race, held annually since 1981.[9]

With hot weather forecast, the organisers told racers to lower their performance goals and reconsider fancy dress which could lead to overheating. Extra water and cooling showers were added along the route.[10][11] On race day, the temperature at St James's Park was recorded as 24.1 °C (75.4 °F), making this the hottest London Marathon ever.[7]

One runner, 29-year-old Masterchef semi-finalist and professional chef Matt Campbell, died after collapsing during the race.[12]

The men's elite race saw the second-ever entry into a competitive marathon by British runner Mo Farah, who, despite a mix-up at a water station, managed to finish third in a new British record. The race winner, Eliud Kipchoge, was on pace for a world record, but slowed in the final stages, finishing with a time of 2:04:17.[13]

Both Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba went into the women's elite race aiming to set a new world record for a women's marathon with male pacemakers. Keitany led on a world-record pace for much of the race, but faded in the final few miles to eventually finish fifth. Dibaba also struggled as the race progressed and failed to finish. The race winner was Vivian Cheruiyot in a time of 2:18:31.[14]

David Weir won the men's wheelchair event for a record extending eighth time, while Commonwealth Champion Madison de Rozario claimed a surprise first win in London in the women's event.[15]



Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Eliud Kipchoge  Kenya 2:04:17
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Shura Kitata Tola  Ethiopia 2:04:49
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Mo Farah  United Kingdom 2:06:21
4 Abel Kirui  Kenya 2:07:07
5 Bedan Karoki Muchiri  Kenya 2:08:34
6 Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 2:08:53
7 Lawrence Cherono  Kenya 2:09:25
8 Daniel Wanjiru  Kenya 2:10:35
9 Amanuel Mesel  Eritrea 2:11:52
10 Yohanes Ghebregergis  Eritrea 2:12:09
11 Ihor Olefirenko  Ukraine 2:15:06
12 Stephen Scullion  Ireland 2:15:55
13 Fernando Cabada  United States 2:17:39
14 Jonathan Mellor  United Kingdom 2:17:55
15 Sam Chelanga  United States 2:21:17
16 Tatsunori Hamasaki  Japan 2:25:42
17 Guye Adola  Ethiopia 2:32:35
18 Matt Clowes  United Kingdom 2:43:16
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie  Eritrea DNF


Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya 2:18:31
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Brigid Kosgei  Kenya 2:20:13
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Tadelech Bekele  Ethiopia 2:21:40
4 Gladys Cherono Kiprono  Kenya 2:24:10
5 Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  Kenya 2:24:27
6 Rose Chelimo  Bahrain 2:26:03
7 Mare Dibaba  Ethiopia 2:27:45
8 Lily Partridge  United Kingdom 2:29:24
9 Tracy Barlow  United Kingdom 2:32:09
10 Stephanie Bruce  United States 2:32:28
11 Rebecca Wade  United States 2:35:01
12 Rebecca Murray  United Kingdom 2:39:37
13 Liz Costello  United States 2:40:04
Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia DNF
Tigist Tufa  Ethiopia DNF

Wheelchair men[edit]

Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) David Weir  United Kingdom 1:31:15
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Marcel Hug  Switzerland 1:31:15
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Daniel Romanchuk  United States 1:31:16
4 Josh George  United States 1:31:24
5 Kurt Fearnley  Australia 1:31:24
6 Jordi Madera  Spain 1:31:24
7 Hiroki Nishida  Japan 1:31:25
8 Tomoki Suzuki  Japan 1:31:25
9 Josh Cassidy  Canada 1:31:41
10 Brent Lakatos  Canada 1:33:24

Wheelchair women[edit]

Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Madison de Rozario  Australia 1:42:58
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Tatyana McFadden  United States 1:42:58
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Susannah Scaroni  United States 1:43:00
4 Manuela Schär  Switzerland 1:43:01
5 Amanda McGrory  United States 1:43:04
6 Sandra Graf  Switzerland 1:47:57
7 Jade Jones  United Kingdom 1:50:04
8 Margriet van den Broek  Netherlands 1:51:43
9 Aline Dos Santos Rocha  Brazil 1:51:44
10 Tsubasa Kina  Japan 1:52:19


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  13. ^ "London Marathon 2018: Mo Farah finishes third as Eliud Kipchoge wins". BBC Sport. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  14. ^ "London Marathon 2018: Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot wins but Paula Radcliffe keeps world record". BBC Sport. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  15. ^ "London Marathon 2018: David Weir wins eighth London Marathon men's wheelchair title". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 December 2018.

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