Kipchoge, who skipped last year's race to attempt a sub-two-hour marathon in Italy, could not break Dennis Kimmetto's world record as high temperatures made running conditions hard in the English capital.
Mo Farah finished in a more than creditable third place at the London Marathon, behind Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge - who won the event for the third time yesterday - but the Briton was still unhappy over a mishap with his drinks bottle.
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Such is the allure of Radcliffe's record that the experienced Kenyan, who has run countless marathons over the years, felt the need to sacrifice the opportunity to secure a second successive triumph on the fabled streets of England's capital for an attempt at lowering the longstanding mark.
The 33-year-old became the third man after compatriot Martin Lel and Mexican Dionicio Ceron to win the London Marathon three times.
"I ran a really handsome race", he said.
He will take great encouragement from finishing in front of Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele, who was sixth in 2:08:53, and the defending champion, Kenya's Daniel Wanjiru, who was eighth in 2:10:35.
Kipchoge - regarded as one of the greatest marathon runners of all time - was on course for a new world record, but slowed in the final stages of a gruelling race in record warm temperatures. 'I saw Mary and I got her and I thought: "â€˜yes, today I am going to be a victor of the London Marathon"'.
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"These guys went for it, for the world record", said Farah after the race. I don't think it affected me too much.
It is so different to the track. I really enjoyed it.
"I gave 110% like I always do".
In the aftermath, the multiple Olympic track champion was seen to be having a heated debate with a steward on a Motorbike.
"When you come past, you don't know which one is which and I picked up the wrong bottle". I went to pick it up but it was the staff. "When I was talking to the bike, I was telling them to tell the table to point at my drink. I had to get it right".
Kitata took second in 2:04:49, with Farah, competing in his second marathon, clocking 2:06:21 to break Steve Jones' long-standing British record of 2:07:13 set in 1985.
"I'm satisfied with the result".
"Top ten, a personal best and a qualifying time for the European Championships, I can't have any complaints, though I would have liked to have gone faster", said Partridge.