Brigid Kosgei, aiming to turn into the primary lady to win three consecutive London Marathon titles since Germany’s Katrin Doerre in 1994, got here fourth.
Jepkosgei received in a personal-best time of 2hr 17min 43sec. Ethiopia’s Degitu Azimeraw completed second in 2:17.58 and compatriot Ashete Bekere was third in 2:18.18.
Lemma failed to complete the Olympic marathon in Japan in August however bounced again to win within the British capital in 2:04.01.
Kenya’s Vincent Kipchumba was runner-up for the second yr operating in 2:04.28 and Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew got here third with a time of two:04.41.
The London Marathon returned to normality for the primary time since 2019 after being held with out newbie runners or spectators final yr because of Covid-19 restrictions.
The pandemic compelled the occasion to be moved from April to October in 2020, with a small variety of elite runners finishing laps round St James’s Park.
However this yr greater than 40,000 newbie runners joined the elite athletes in protecting the standard 26.2-mile course from Blackheath, southeast London, to The Mall that results in Buckingham Palace.
One other 40,000 runners competed nearly because the race obtained beneath option to cheers and applause from returning spectators, with mass contributors’ begin instances staggered to keep away from giant gatherings.
The elite ladies set a ferocious early tempo, finishing the primary 10 miles in 52min 10sec.
Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, Kosgei, Jepkosgei, Bekere and Azimeraw fashioned a breakaway group after half-way.
Reigning New York Marathon champion Jepkosgei broke away after 1hr 55min, establishing an insurmountable lead with just a few miles to go.
It’s the first time 5 ladies have accomplished the London Marathon in beneath 2hr 19min.
The boys’s pack was touted as arguably the strongest in historical past regardless of the absence of Kenyan four-time London Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge, with six runners holding greatest instances of beneath 2h 05min.
Defending champion Shura Kitata of Ethiopia, who failed to complete the Olympic marathon in Sapporo and entered the race carrying a hamstring damage, light rapidly.
The runners handed half-way in 1:01.25 –12 seconds sooner than Kipchoge’s break up when he set the boys’s London Marathon document of two:02.37 in 2019.
A five-strong pack that includes Kenyans Evans Chebet and Kipchumba and Ethiopia’s Birhanu Legese, Lemma and Geremew broke away because the race progressed.