The irrepressible Eliud Kipchoge shattered the course record to win the London Marathon for an unprecedented fourth time and complete a Kenya double after Brigid Kosgei stormed to a historic victory in the women's race. 

World-record holder Kipchoge produced another remarkable exhibition of long-distance running on Sunday with the second-fastest marathon of all time. 

The 34-year-old was in a class of his own yet again, defending his title in a phenomenal two hours, two minutes and 38 seconds. 

Kipchoge bettered the previous course record of 2:03:05, which he set three years ago, to become the first man to win the race on four occasions.  

He broke clear of Mosinet Geremew and Mule Wasihun with around a mile and a quarter to go and there was never going to be any stopping one of the greatest athletes there has ever been. 

Ethiopia's Geremew finished in second place in 2:02:37, with Wasihun (2:03:16) third and Mo Farah (2:05:39) back in fifth on home soil. 

Kosgei earlier stormed clear to become the youngest ever winner of the women's race at the age of 25. 

She crossed the line way out on her own in a personal best time of 2:18:20, adding to her triumph in Chicago last year. 

Kosgei edged away at the 19-mile mark and moved away from last year's winner and compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot, who had to settle for second spot in 2:20:14. 

Roza Dereje of Ethiopia took third in 2:20:51, while the great Mary Keitany was fifth in 2:20:58. 

Mo Farah has strongly denied the latest claims from Haile Gebrselassie in the pair's ongoing war of words.

A feud erupted between the two on Wednesday when four-time Olympic champion Farah claimed to have been the victim of a theft at an Addis Ababa hotel belonging to the Ethiopian.

Farah said he was "just disappointed with Haile" after suggesting his fellow athlete had not done anything to help him.

Gebrselassie rejected Farah's complaint, accusing him of "blackmail" and "defaming" his reputation and business, adding that police had got involved and "found nothing on the reported robbery case".

He also claimed Farah had attacked someone in the hotel gym, which the Briton denied.

However, on Thursday Gebrselassie gave a more detailed account on what he believes transpired, describing an incident in which Farah allegedly accused a man and his wife of following him. 

"Farah said to him, 'Why are you following me?'" Gebrselassie told The Guardian.

"The guy said he wasn't – and that he was just doing his work. Immediately Farah punched them and kicked them by foot. Especially the husband.

"There were lots of witnesses. He cannot deny it because there was enough people inside the gym who saw the action."

The 46-year-old added that he had stepped in to prevent police from questioning Farah over the incident, as well as previous indiscretions.

"Always when he does something wrong or whatever, we take care of him because he is a big name,” said Gebrselassie.

"When he reacted to the two athletes in the gym, and he kicked and punched, he was almost in police custody. But I talked to the police and said, 'This is Mo Farah, he is a big athlete, he is an international name. Leave him.'

"The police said, 'Haile, why are you saying like this? This is a criminal.' I said, 'Please, please, please.' He escaped the police without a case. He left Ethiopia without any questioning. And finally, he apologised for the attack – 'Okay, no problem, I was very angry, blah blah blah.' 

"I have always taken care of him in different ways. But he treated us the wrong way."

Following those latest claims, a spokesperson for Farah told The Guardian: "As stated already Mo disputes Haile Gebrselassie's claims.

"There was an incident at the gym a number of weeks ago, at which Haile was not present but it was categorically not of Mo's making.

"He immediately raised a complaint to the highest level within the police force. The individuals concerned were warned that any further threatening behaviour towards Mo would result in police action.

"This incident highlights again the failure by hotel management to take safety seriously."

Farah's management team are yet to reply to Omnisport's request for a comment.

Mo Farah again admitted he is considering a return to the track after winning the Big Half race for a second successive year.

Racing competitively for the final time before the London Marathon, Farah triumphed in one hour, one minute and 14 seconds in the English capital on Sunday.

The four-time Olympic champion completed the half-marathon course, spanning 13.1 miles, fractionally faster than he managed in the inaugural event in 2018 - then talked up a potential track comeback.

The 35-year-old retired in 2017 having won a third consecutive world 10,000 metres gold but could renege on his decision to defend his title at this year's World Championships in Doha.

"It's possible. After the marathon, I'll make a decision about what I want to do," Farah told BBC Sport.

"Deep down, I miss the track. I look at my fellow athletes and I think, 'woah', and I just get excited."

Mo Farah has not ruled out making a return to the track to go in search of a fifth Olympic gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Mo Farah claimed his first marathon victory in Chicago with a European-record time of two hours, five minutes and 11 seconds.

Mo Farah is confident he can add to his medal haul in the marathon at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Farah switched from the track to the road last year and set a new British record when he was third in the London Marathon in April. 

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