Jonathan Korir, another Kenyan, stayed with Kipchoge until the 30 km mark before dropping away to finish more than two minutes back in 2:06.40.
A strong early pace was set chiefly by Brigid Kosgei, the Kenyan marathon record holder, who eventually came in fifth, almost two minutes adrift.
Elite Hamburg marathon organisers searching for new location after tightening of COVID-19 restrictions
After a tightening of lockdown restrictions in Hamburg, organisers must find an alternative venue for the race, tagged "the fastest way to Tokyo", which was originally due to be held in the city centre.
Tokyo 2020 chiefs pledged to hold the remaining 18 test events — which function as dress rehearsals for each sport — in a "safe and secure" manner, to see what they can "learn as we work towards the Games".
More than 30,000 runners had signed up for the 2020 race, which was first postponed and then cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Tata Mumbai Marathon is normally held in January.
Airtel Delhi Half Marathon: We had to take a leap of faith, says Procam International's Vivek Singh on hosting race during pandemic
The 2020 edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon took place on 29 November despite the worsening COVID-19 situation in the national capital.
Runners who signed up to take part in the 2020 Paris Marathon will be given the option to compete in 2021 or request a refund.
The Athletics Integrity Unit said it was “highly likely” that Wanjiru used prohibited substances, citing abnormalities in his biological passport.
The 2020 London Marathon was the first Eliud Kipchoge hasn't won since finishing second in Berlin in 2013 — he had won all 11 others he raced in, including the 2016 Rio Olympics.
"The weather is not good. So we struggled," Kosgei said of rainy, cold conditions at the 2020 London Marathon.
London Marathon: Kenenisa Bekele pulls out due to calf injury ending hopes of showdown with Eliud Kipchoge
Bekele, a three-time Olympic champion on the track, said in a video message that he felt pain in his calf two weeks ago. He had hoped to get through it, but said on Friday that he can't.
Ethiopia's 'town of runners' strives to outpace coronavirus as excitement for Bekele-Kipchoge showdown bubbles over
On Sunday, Ethiopia's five-time world champion Kenenisa Bekele - a winner of three Olympic golds - will face off against Kenyan icon and marathon world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge in the London Marathon, and Bekele's hometown Bekoji is ready to cheer for its greatest son.
London Marathon: Ethiopian runner Degitu Azimeraw, coach found to be COVID-19 positive in test before flying to England
Degitu Azimeraw, who won the 2019 Amsterdam Marathon, and coach Haji Adilo tested positive in Ethiopia right before they were to fly out for London for Sunday's race.
In this interview with Firstpost, marathon running legend Eliud Kipchoge talks about the shoe controversy, running at the London Marathon this year, and running an actual marathon under the two-hour mark.
Farah last year gave up plans of running the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics and will instead compete in the 10,000 metres which, if successful, will be his fifth gold medal at the Games.
Yevgeny Yurchenko said World Athletics had ignored the impact of the coronavirus pandemic when it held Russia to a Wednesday deadline for payment, which was missed.
Kipsang won the bronze medal in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics and broke the world record the following year in Berlin
The Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for 20 April, was initially postponed in March and rescheduled for 14 September
Berlin Marathon organisers did not specify if the event, at which the last seven men’s world records have been set, would be postponed or cancelled altogether.