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  • 13 April 2014, 18:30

London Marathon: Mo Farah Beaten By Kipsang

Kenyan Wilson Kipsang has beaten Britain's Mo Farah to win the London Marathon, breaking the course record for the race.

Double Olympic gold medallist Farah finished in eighth place with a time of 2hrs 08mins 20secs, narrowly missing out on the British record he had targeted.

Kipsang crossed the finish line in 2hrs 04mins 27secs, beating the previous best time for the event by 13 seconds.

Farah admitted the race had been "tough" but defended his decision to switch from the track to the road and make his 26.2 mile debut in his home town.

He said: "London, this is my city, it would have been wrong to do any other marathon."

Edna Kiplagat won the women's race in a time of 2hrs 20mins 21secs.

The elite runners started ahead of 36,000 competitors tackling the course on a warm and sunny day in the capital.

Famous faces taking part include former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen, Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer, and Michelin-star chef Michel Roux Jr.

The amateur field includes Katie and Polly Ryall who are aiming to set a new world record for a pair of sisters combined by beating the current 5hrs 09mins 21secs benchmark while running for the charity Sense.

British Paralympian David Weir failed in his bid to become the best wheelchair racer in the event's history as he finished second behind Switzerland's Marcel Hug.

The races started at Blackheath and Greenwich Park ended on The Mall.

Many roads in central London have been closed and some delays are expected on public transport.