Vivian Cheruiyot wins women's London Marathon after Mary Keitany fades

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Running in sweltering heat is never pleasant for marathon competitors

Having taken a break from the London Marathon previous year to try to run a sub-two-hour marathon in Italy, Mr Kipchoge returned to add to his 2015 and 2016 titles easily, two-and-a-half minutes off Dennis Kimmetto's world record.

With Kipchoge expected to have a go at breaking the world record - presently 2hr 02min 57sec set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto in the 2014 Berlin Marathon - Farah is loathe to fall into the trap of trying to keep pace. I'm listening to Gary (Lough his coach and husband of women's marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe) and soaking up the miles.

"It's a loaded race, so I need to make sure I don't make any mistakes, to save as much energy as I can", said Farah. "I haven't seen my kids in three months and I am excited to see them".

A further $100,000 (£70,000) will be divided between any runner in the men's race who runs a sub-2:05:00 time, and between any runner who bests 2:18:00 in the women's race.

However, with the likes of Kenya's Olympic champion and two-time London Marathon victor Eliud Kipchoge, Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele and Kenyan defending champion Daniel Wanjiru in the field Farah will have his work cut out to make an impression.

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But Guardiola says he will also begin analysing his squad and making changes before City begin their title defence in August. Pep said his intention has never been to change English football , although some would argue that he already has.

Cheruiyot, 34, took advantage of failed attempts by last year's victor Mary Keitany and runner-up Tirunesh Dibaba to break Paula Radcliffe's 15-year-old world record.

Having shot into the lead, the 36-year-old Keitany looked to be on course to break that 15-year record, running 32 seconds quicker than Radcliffe's 10-mile time, but as the temperature rose above 20 degrees Celsius her pace tailed off, allowing Cheruiyot to steal in.

London Marathon runners received a royal send-off as the Queen pushed the event's start button, sending thousands of competitors pounding through the capital's streets.

Meanwhile, David Weir won the men's elite wheelchair race for an eighth time, the Briton beating Switzerland's Marcel Hug in a sprint finish.

Australia's Madison de Rozario completed a memorable week with victory in the women's wheelchair race - seven days after striking gold at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

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