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The Rundown on the London Marathon 2019 Results

Source: @LondonMarathon twitter

London was flooded with runners and spectators alike yesterday for the 2019 Virgin Media London Marathon, which saw amazing performances from Irish athletes as well as athletes from around the world.

Men’s elite

  1. Eliud Kipchoge – 2:02:37
  2. Mosinet Geremew – 2:02:55
  3. Mule Wasihun – 2:03:16

This was Kipchoge’s fourth time claiming first place in the Virgin Media London Marathon, smashing his previous course record. Kenya’s Kipchoge also achieved the second fastest time ever – having set the fastest ever time in Berlin last year. As world record holder, Kipchoge hopes to run in the Olympic marathon in 2020.

Second place Mosinet from Ethiopia holds the record for the second-fastest man in history, behind Kipchoge.

Four time Olympic medalist Mo Farah was bidding for his first London Marathon win, but finished in fifth place with a time of 2:05:39.

Women’s elite

  1. Brigid Kosgei – 2:18:20
  2. Vivian Cheruiyot – 2:20:14
  3. Roza Dereje Bekele – 2:20:51

Kosgei, having placed second in 2017, was a whole two minutes ahead of second place. She also won the Chicago Marathon last year.

Irish Sinead Diver running for Australia claimed 7th place in a time of 2:24:11 – a personal best.

Men’s elite wheelchair

  1. Dan Romanchuk – 1:33:38
  2. Marcel Hug – 1:33:42
  3. Tomoki Suzuki – 1:33:51

This was Romanchuk’s fourth major marathon victory.

Women’s elite wheelchair

  1. Manuela Schar – 1:44:09
  2. Tatyana McFadden – 1:49:42
  3. Madison de Rozario – 1:49:43

Irish Runners at London Marathon

Ireland was well represented at the London Marathon with over 800 Irish runners.

Mayo-born Sinead Diver has qualified for Tokyo Olympics after her 7th place London Marathon performance, as under the new IAAF qualifying criteria, the top-10 in the six major marathons gain selection.

Diver competes for Australia, where she now lives having moved to Melbourne in 2002. The 42-year-old ran a personal best, and led the race at the halfway stage – an impressive show considering she took up competitive running a mere 9 years ago after having her first child.

When Diver ran 2:34:15 in 2014, she had the World Championships representing Ireland at in her sights – but the time requirement was changed to 2:33:30 by Athletics Ireland. Diver then decided to make use of her dual citizenship and continue her quest for Beijing as a representative of Australia.

“I do still see myself as an Irish woman representing Australia, even after 17 years in Australia now, I do still feel very Irish,” Diver told the Irish Times. “It’s unusual, but that’s the reality, and I’m really proud to be representing both countries in the way that I am.”

The men’s race saw national champion Mick Clohisey finish in a time of 2:15:06, in 25th place. This puts Clohisey in the mix for Tokyo 2020 selection, having represented Ireland previously at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 World Championships.

Gary O’Hanlon from Co. Louth came an impressive 31st. The 2017 National Marathon Champion and Irish 50K Champion and Record holder ran a time of 2:17:32 – just 21 seconds shy of his personal best.

Seán Hehir, 2013 Dublin Marathon winner from Co. Clare, came in at 2:18:58 in 34th place. Hehir ran 2:16.18 at the 2017 London Marathon and represented Ireland in the marathon at the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships in London.

Heather Noone was the first Irish Woman representing Ireland to cross the line, in 2:48:35 – a personal best. Noone won her first ever marathon at the Walled City Marathon in 2018.

Amazing performances that made for very exciting spectating. Keep an eye out for these Irish runners – they’re ones to watch!

Aoife has a BA in Creative Writing, English & Gaeilge from NUI Galway and has a passion for writing and all things fitness. She is currently an event coordinator at RunIreland.com.