Sir Mo Farah breaks Steve Jones record in London Marathon

  • Sir Mo Farah completed London Marathon with a time of 2.06.32 in third place
  • Farah beat Jones’s record from 1985 by more than 40 seconds in the capital
  • Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge won the race for a third time in a time of 2.04.16 

Sir Mo Farah has become the fastest marathon runner in British history, breaking Steve Jones’s record as he finished third in the London Marathon.

Despite struggling at the end and gritting his teeth for the final few miles, the 35-year-old broke the tape in 2.06.32, taking more than 40 seconds faster off Jones’s 1985 time.

The 10-time Olympic and World champion, who was running his first marathon since retiring from the track, said he was ‘knackered’ after crossing the line.

Sir Mo Farah crosses the finish line to complete the London Marathon in third place

But it was an impressive result that is expected to mark the start of a second phase of his running career, now that he has retired from the track.

Eliud Kipchoge won the race for a third time in a time of 2.04.16.

The Kenyan, widely considered one of the greatest marathon runners of all time, had been targeting the world record of 2.02.57, but could not sustain a ‘crazy’ early pace.

Tola Shura Kitata, from Ethiopia, finished second.