Kenya’s Amos Kipruto wins the 2022 men’s London Marathon while 23-year-old Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw recovers from a late crash to put on a dominant performance in the women’s race to take gold
- Yalemzerf Yehualaw ran to a first marathon title at the London Marathon
- The 23-year-old dominated despite a fall after stumbling over a speed bump
- Kenyan Amos Kipruto won the elite men’s race on Sunday morning
- His dominance saw him finish almost a minute ahead of Leul Gebresilase
After the fall came the rise. Not many athletes can rise from a face plant to win the London marathon, but Yalemzerf Yehualaw is quickly emerging as a runner who falls short of usual standards.
The Ethiopian’s victory of two hours, 17 minutes and 26 seconds on Sunday was stunning, both in her resuscitation after falling over a speed bump six miles from the tape and in what she announced when the 23-year-old was the youngest became winner of this race in history.
That it was only her second marathon ever, six months after winning her first in Hamburg, would suggest she has a better chance than most in her stated ambition to one day break the 2:14.04 world record of to break Brigid Kosgei.
Yalemzerf Yehualaw dominated and secured the first win in the women’s London Marathon
Yehualaw was recovering from a fall at the 33km mark after what appeared to be a speed bump
“I had a dream of becoming a professional athlete and competing in these races,” she said. “I’m so happy to win my first time in London. People in London screamed a lot and that inspired me.
“I’m thinking of the longer plan I have that I want to break the world record.”
Kosgei, the dominant Kenyan athlete, was among the many leading names to pull out injured ahead of this race, which cleared a significant hurdle for Yehualaw. Another showed up after 20 miles, however, when she lost around 25 yards to the leading group of eight in a hard crash over the speed bump.
Kenyan Amos Kipruto stormed to victory, securing his first ever London Marathon win
“I hurt my hip and knee,” she said, before a member of her team confirmed that she also hit her head. Despite this setback, she caught up with the pack and by the 24th mile it was a two-woman showdown with defending champion Joyciline Jepkosgei.
That’s when Yehualaw ran a blistering four-minute, 43-second mile, the fastest ever in a women’s marathon, topping the Kenyan. Her time was the third fastest in the race’s 42 years.
The men’s event was won by Amos Kipruto in 2:04.39 after breaking three miles from home. Leading British runner was ninth-placed Waynay Ghebresilasie, who carried the flag for Eritrea in London 2012 before seeking asylum here.
Weynay Ghebresilasie was the first Briton to cross the finish line in the men’s marathon race
The 28-year-old said: “Before the 2012 Olympics, my country wasn’t in a good situation so I stayed in the UK. I was in Sunderland and then moved to Birmingham and am now in Scotland.
“My plan is to represent Great Britain at the World Championships and the Olympic Games in Paris.”
Meanwhile, Eilish McColgan, who was out due to blood sugar problems that worsened over the marathon distance, set a new European 10km road record in the Great Scottish Run with a 30:18.