Jemima Sumgong wins the women's London Marathon - Women's Running UK

Jemima Sumgong wins the women’s London Marathon

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  April 26, 2016

Jemima Sumgong wins the women's London Marathon. Photo courtesy of Virgin Money London Marathon.

Jemima Sumgong, 31, took home first in the Women’s VMLM Elite race yesterday, despite a dramatic fall near the 22-mile mark. Sumgong was clipped by Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia, causing Sumgong and Mergia both to fall, as well as Kenya’s Mary Keitany.

The three women showed a speedy recovery as they bounced back up – particularly Sumgong – who, despite brutally crashing her head against the tarmac, causing her visible pain, powered on through to rejoin the leading group.

Jemima Sumgong fall London Marathon. Photo courtesy of Virgin Money London Marathon.

Jemima Sumgong fall London Marathon. Photo courtesy of Virgin Money London Marathon.

And just as she got herself back on track, going head-to-head with last year’s winner, Tigist Tufa, the resilient Sumgong found herself surrounded by more drama when a spectator invaded the course where Sumgong was running. The rogue spectator, who according to the Metropolitan Police had “misunderstood what was acceptable in relation to this event”, was grabbed by a marshal in a motorcycle helmet and taken away.

Despite an incident-riddled race, Sumgong ploughed on to finish in 2:22.58, claiming a much-awaited victory, after being a runner up in the Boston, Chicago and New York marathons.

She said to The Guardian:

“The fall really affected me and I was unsure if I could continue. I banged my head very hard and I felt it in my legs, so I am so surprised I won.”

Meanwhile, Alyson Dixon and Sonia Samuels were securimg their slots in Team GB for the Olympics in Rio this summer, as they crossed the line as the fastest two British women.

Alyson Dixon GBR and Sonia Samuels GBR after finishing the Elite Women’s Race. Photo courtesy of Virgin Money London Marathon.

History was also made over in the Men’s Elite race yesterday. Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge was first to cross the line in a course record of 2:03:04, just eight seconds outside of the world record set by Kimetto in 2014. Kipchoge now stands as the second fastest marathon runner of all time.

Did you have an incident or challenge that you had to overcome at the London Marathon yesterday? Comment below with your stories, or share them with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Images: Virgin Money London Marathon

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