Mo Farah struggles on London Marathon debut

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Mo Farah struggled to make an impact on his marathon debut in London, finishing almost four minutes behind winner WIlson Kipsang.

Farah got off to a slow start, running the first 5km in 14:48, 26 seconds behind the lead group, paced by running legend Haile Gebrselassie.

The pacemakers in Farah's group were going slower than expected, leaving Farah almost one minute behind after 10km.

By the time Farah got the the halfway point, he had closed the gap on the lead group to around 40 seconds but was losing touch with pacemakers, who, making up for their slow start, started striding away from the double Olympic champion.

Unable to tell the pacemakers to slow down, Farah soon found himself on his own and around 30 seconds down from his target time at 13.1 miles - 63:08.

The weight of expectation surrounding his debut, built around his incredible success on the track, left many feeling disappointed to see Farah one minute behind the lead group, but, going into the final 15km, Farah was still on for a European record, set by Antonio Pinto on the same course 14-years ago.

Meanwhile at the front, world-record holder Kipsang shot away from the lead group with only compatriot Stanley Biwott able to keep pace with him. Having won this race in 2012 in a time of two hours, 44 minutes and four second, the former had the pedigree going into the final two miles.

That experience paid dividends as he passed Big Ben. The Kenyan strode away from Biwott and closed in on Emmanuel Mutai's course record of two hours, four minutes and 40 seconds.

Kipsang crossed the finish line in a course record of two hours, four minutes and 19 seconds; 16 seconds in front of Biwott to take his second London Marathon title.

Farah's chances of breaking the European record faded as he passed the 35km mark as the struggle of running on his own started to take its toll.

Not only was Farah no longer going to break the British record, set by Steve Jones 29-years ago, but he was also in danger of missing out on the English record.

But, as ever with Farah, he dug deep in the final kilometres to overtake straggling members of the lead group.

He eventually finished the race in two hours, eight minutes and 20 seconds, breaking the English record in eighth place but despite being disappointed with the result, vowed to run another marathon in the future.

From a British point of view there was also good news for Chris Thompson, who was also making his marathon debut and finished just over two minutes behind Farah.

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