Mo Farah broke the British marathon record as he came home third in the London Marathon.
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, winner in 2015 and 2016, made it a hat-trick of victories in sweltering conditions in the capital with Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata Tola second.
Farah followed them home with an unofficial time of two hours, six minutes and 32 seconds beating Steve Jones’ 33-year-old mark.
The 35-year-old, who won gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m in the past two Olympic Games, admitted his second full marathon had taken its toll in a race where there was a world record pace at the halfway point.
Kipchoge raced out of the start, with the leading group registering a blistering opening mile of four minutes 22 seconds, but the Kenyan could not maintain that pace as temperatures rose over 20 degrees Celsius.
Mo Farah, who overcame early problems with his drinks bottle, fell well behind Kipchoge but still registered a time of 2:06:21 to break Steve Jones’s British record achieved in 1985.
Having taken a break from the London Marathon last year to try to run a sub-two-hour marathon in Italy, Kipchoge returned to add to his 2015 and 2016 titles with ease, finishing ahead of Ethiopia’s Tola Shura Kitata in 2:04:17, two minutes 20 seconds off Dennis Kimmetto’s world record.