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London Marathon 2016 Female Winner, Jemima Sumgong, Recovers From Nasty Fall As Eliud Kipchoge Wins Men's Race

'She fell, picked herself up and then won.'

24/04/2016 13:24 | Updated 24 April 2016

This year's winner of the women's London Marathon gave a life lesson in perseverance on Sunday after she hit her head in a nasty fall mid-way through the race before going on to complete the course in just under two hours and 23 minutes.

Jemima Sumgong held her head after a sharp impact with the road when she was tripped by Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia as they approached a water station.

Despite the injury, the 31-year-old Kenyan was able to join the leading group, claiming her first London title in two hours 22 minutes and 58 seconds.

Eliud Kipchoge, also from Kenya, retained the men's title.

Sumgong was widely-praised for her recovery.

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Kenya's Jemima Sumgong crosses the line to win the Elite Women's Race during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Kipchoge, 31, won in two hours, three minutes and four seconds - seven seconds short of the world record.

Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men's wheelchair race ahead of Britain's Paralympic champion David Weir in third.

American Tatyana McFadden won the women's race for a fourth consecutive year.

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Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya wins the men's race in the 2016 London Marathon in London.

Thousands of people are taking part in the London marathon today following a countdown from space by astronaut and competitor Tim Peake.

The British spaceman, who is running while strapped to a treadmill at the International Space Station, sent his fellow runners a good luck video message before a 10-second countdown to start the 36th race.

Major Peake, who ran the 26.2-mile course in three hours, 18 minutes and 50 seconds on earth back in 1999, will see the roads pass under his feet in real time on an iPad.

In another milestone for the Virgin Money London Marathon, which more than 39,000 people are thought to have started, the one millionth competitor will cross the finish line on Sunday.

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Runners make their way over the start line during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.

A host of celebrities are running for various good causes, including Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer, whose chosen charity is the NSPCC, and Top Gear host Chris Evans, who is taking on the challenge for the second year in a row, raising money for Children in Need.

Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes is making her London Marathon debut as she aims to raise a quarter of a million pounds for a number of charities including one she founded to help disadvantaged young people.

There are 70 years between the oldest and youngest runners in this year's race.

Race veteran Iva Barr, 88, from Bedford, said the day feels "like being at the centre of a big street party". She will run her 20th London Marathon, raising money for disabled young people's charity Whizz-Kidz.

Rebecca Manners from Manningtree in Essex will celebrate her 18th birthday by running the route alongside her parents, in aid of VICTA, which supports blind and visually impaired children.

Prince Harry, patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, presented the winners' prizes.

The marathon's chosen charity for next year was announced on Sunday as competitors set off.

Heads Together, which will take over from the NSPCC, is made up of a team of mental health charities which have been brought together by The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

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    Prince Harry after presenting Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge and Jemima Sumgong with their gold medal trophies during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. 
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    Jemima Sumgong of Kenya celebrates after she wins the women's race in the 2016 London Marathon in London, Sunday, April 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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    Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (centre) celebrates after winning the Men's Elite Race ahead of Kenya's Stanley Biwott (right) and Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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    Marcel Hug of Switzerland wins, and Kurt Fearnley of Australia is second in the mens wheelchair race in the 2016 London Marathon.
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    Prince Harry presents the gold medal trophies to Switzerland's Marcel Hug and USA's Tatyana McFadden during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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    Gold medalist Switzerland's Marcel Hug (centre) silver medalist Australia's Kurt Fearnley (left) and bronze medalist Great Britain's David Weir on the podium during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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    Prince Harry escorts the widow of London Marathon founder John Disley from the podium during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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    Prince Harry greets crowd members during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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    Great Britain's Aly Dixon (left) and Sonia Samuels celebrate after crossing the line during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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    The Elite Men prepare to start the race during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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    The Elite Men prepare to start the race during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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    Runners pass the Old Naval College, Greenwich, during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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    Runners make their way over the start line during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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    Runners make their way over the start line during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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    Runners make their way over the start line during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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    Runners make their way over the start line during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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    Runners make their way over the start line during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 24, 2016. See PA story ATHLETICS Marathon. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
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    Runners make their way over the start line during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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    Racegoers in fancy dress prepare for the start of the race during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. 
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    Participants in fancy dress prepare for the start of the race before the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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    Participants in fancy dress prepare for the start of the race before the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.

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