Sinead Diver finishes 7th in London Marathon

A fearless marathon runner who collapsed during the London Marathon and had to crawl over the finish line on her hands and knees has returned to work a day later.

After several failed attempts to get under the barrier, a race steward helped him to cross the line. "I'm happy to cross the line".

Britain's Mo Farah, whose build-up to race day was overshadowed by an extraordinary row with distance great Haile Gebrselassie over an alleged robbery in a hotel owned by the Ethiopian great, could not cope with the pace as he finished in fifth place.

Olympic champion Kipchoge's time of two hours two minutes and 37 seconds was second only to the 2:01:39 he ran in Berlin previous year.

Kosgei's compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot was second yesterday, in after beating Kosgei to finish first in London a year ago.

Alongside a picture of bandaged knees, she wrote: "Today I learnt how NOT to run a marathon!" "Plan A was to drive ahead at the three mile downhill mark, which is early, but I know I had to do this in order to put myself in a good position".

"My aim was to reel them back once the pacemaker dropped out but wasn't able to".

"We started too fast and I got carried away with the excitement of being in the elite race and all the excitement of London really. I am disappointed as training went well".

"I was running alone out there".

Victory saw Kosgei, at the age of 25 years and 67 days, become the youngest victor of the women's race, breaking the London record of Aselefech Mergia (25 years and 92 days) set in 2010.

However, with four miles to go Cheruiyot fell away again leaving her compatriot to add London to her Chicago triumph of a year ago.

Miss Carruthers finished in 02:33:59, almost a quarter of an hour behind the victor of the women's race, Kenya's Brigid Kosgei - who finished in 2:18:20.

Irish woman Sinead Diver has finished 7th in the London Marathon.

Charlotte Purdue, the 27-year-old born in Windsor, often wondered if she was being watched during her preparations for the London Marathon in front of one of the royal residences.

American Dan Romanchuk won the men's wheelchair race, with Switzerland's Marcel Hug and Tomoki Suzuki of Japan in second and third.

Like Kosgei, Manuela Schär of Switzerland was a similarly emphatic victor as she took the women's wheelchair race in 1:44:09.

  • Jon Douglas