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London Marathon 2021: More than 80,000 taking part


Runners are pounding the streets in the 40th London Marathon.
The 26.2-mile race returned to the capital’s streets for the first full-scale staging of the race in more than two years, following the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 40,000 are due to run the London route with a similar number running “virtually” via a tracking app.
Marcel Hug and Manuela Schar have won the men’s and women’s wheelchair races, both setting course records.
Live updates of race
Hug completed the course in 1:26.27, more than two minutes faster than the previous course record.
Schar, another Swiss athlete, finished in 1:39.52, shaving five seconds off her previous record set in 2017.
David Weir, an eight-time winner, finished third in the wheelchair race for the 22nd year in a row.

Men’s wheelchair race winner Marcel Hug beat the previous course record by more than two minutes

Joyciline Jepkosgei won the women’s elite race in 2:17.42 with a comfortable lead.

Brigid Kosgei, the world record holder, finished just off the podium after winning the previous two races.

Charlotte Purdue finished 10th, clocking the third-fastest time ever for a British woman of 2:23.26.

Joyciline Jepkosgei won the women’s elite race with a clear lead

Sisay Lemma, who finished third last year, won the men’s elite race in 2:04.01.

Vincent Kipchuma of Kenya finished second in 2:04.28 and Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia finished third in 2:04.41.

Cloudy skies with a few sunny breaks are expected for the majority of the day, with a high temperature of around 16 degrees Celsius (61F). There is a slight chance of rain later in the afternoon.

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