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Get Ready, Get Set, Go: Runners prepare for 2022 London Marathon

The London marathon takes place today with athletes and members of the public prepared to tackle the 26-mile route around the British capital. The start is near Blackheath in Greenwich, with the route taking in landmarks such as the Cutty Sark, the Shard, the London Eye and Parliament before reaching the finish line at the Mall by Buckingham Palace.

28-year-old Kenyan, Brigid Kosgei, who won the London Marathon in 2019 and 2020 has withdrawn through injury but the women’s field still features Kosgei’s compatriot and last year’s winner Joyciline Jepkosgei (29) and Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw (23) who set the fastest debut time for a marathon and holds the world record in the 10km road race.

The men’s race looks set to be a tight affair with Kenya’s Titus Ekiru well-backed after victories in the 2021 Milan and Abu Dhabi marathons whilst Ethiopia’s Birhanu Legese will be amongst his closest contenders alongside 2021 London marathon winner and compatriot Sisay Lemma. Four-time London marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge will not compete, and neither will Great Britain’s Sir Mo Farah who has withdrawn due to a hip injury.

Follow all the action from the 2022 London marathon:

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Bekele falls behind

Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele has been dropped from the leading group in the men’s elite race. He was one of the pre-race favourites but is struggling to maintain the pace.

There are six runners still in the hunt including Bashir Abdi, Birhanu Legese and last year’s champion Sisay Lemma.

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Yalemzerf Yehualaw wins the women’s race!

23-year-old Yalemzerf Yehualaw wins the women’s race with a time just outside of her personal best at 2:17:25.

Last year’s winner, Joyciline Jepkosgei, finishes second in 2:18:06 in what is a very respectable defence of her title but it’s Ethiopia’s Yehualaw who takes victory in 2022!

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Seven runners in leading men’s group

There are seven runners in the pack at the front of the men’s race with Weynay Ghebresilasie driving on at the front of them.

Last year’s winner Sisay Lemma is still within touching distance and is running well as are Amos Kipruto, Kenenisa Bekele, Bashir Abdi and Birhanu Legese.

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Yehualaw ups the pace!

Yalemzerf Yehualaw steps up her pace and drives ahead of Joyciline Jepkosgei.

The 23-year-old has her head down and is focusing on the road opening up an ever increasing gap between herself and the 2021 London marathon champion.

This looks like her race to win now! Two miles to go.

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Jepkosgei vs Yehualaw

Judith Korir and Alemu Megertu are the next women runners to fall away with only Joyciline Jepkosgei and Yalemzerf Yehualaw remaining at the front.

There’s just under three miles to go until the finish line and the two pre-race favourites are going to go head-to-head.

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Kebade dropped

The leading pack of seven in the women’s event is down to just four now with Sutume Kebede the latest runner to drop away.

2021 champion Joyciline Jepkosgei leads the way with Yalemzerf Yehualaw, Judith Korir and Alemu Megertu alongside her. This one looks set for a close finish.

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Four miles to go

Yalemzerf Yehualaw is down! She’s running at the back of the leading women’s group and slips on a speed bump in the road.

The Ethiopian, one of the pre-race favourites in the women’s race, gets up quickly and settles back into her rhythm. How will that fall effect her towards the end of this race?

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London marathon 2022

There’s a group of seven runners in the leading group of the women’s race including last year’s winner Joyciline Jepkosgei. Can she win consecutive London marathons?

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Men’s race pass 20km

The leaders in the elite men’s race pass 20km in 59:19 with Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele positioning himself just behind the pacers as the cross over Tower Bridge.

The Ethiopian said he is here to win today in his fourth London Marathon.

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Watch Marcel Hug win the men’s wheelchair race

It’s a Swiss one-two in the wheelchair races as Marcel Hug and Catherine Debrunner both take the titles. Here’s Hug’s effort down the Mall where he breezed past Daniel Romanchuk for the final sprint.