London Marathon 2016 results have one lesson to teach us: to hold steadfast to our dreams, and no matter whatever stumbling block we meet on the way, all we need is to push even forward until we reach the set goals.
This was the case of Jemima Sumgong who won in the women’s race on Sunday even though a heavy fall almost ended her challenge. The runner was caught in a footage showing how she tumbled and hit her head on the floor – this happened when she accidentally clashed with two other runners.
She stood up from the fall determinedly, took an extra water bottle, recovered from the fall, and then ran her way back into the leading position to win the women’s London Marathon yesterday.
She won record breakers including last year’s winner Tigist Tufa in style despite the epic accident that saw her roll on the floor as they reached a water station. The race, which lasted for 2 hours 22 minutes 58 seconds, bestowed the 31-year-old with her first London title as she emerged the winner.
Her triumph started when Sumgong opened up a gap that seemed too great to overcome. Tigist Tufa made serious efforts and chased hard in the closing stages. But it was impossible for her to repeat her last year’s achievement – making her second while Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat came in third.
Fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s race – the second time in two years straight. And by narrowest of margins, he missed out on the world record as he emerged the winner. The winner sprinted up the final straight on The Mall breaking the course record, clocking a time of 2:03.05, eight seconds more than the world’s record.
It was visible that Kipchoge knew he had let a good opportunity to become a world record holder slip, given the speck of sadness that was written all over his face at the end. However, Eliud Kipchoge maintained the men’s title in the second-fastest time in history.
Kipchoge was close together with fellow citizen Stanley Biwott on the 24th mile, before the reigning champion pushed forward to take the outright lead. But in the end, Kenyans were named the top finishers in the marathon.