Having won the previous four consecutive London Marathon race, for the first time Kenyan long distance runner and world record holder of Marathon, Eliud Kipchoge, failed to defend the 40th Virgin Money London Marathon hold yesterday on Sunday 4th October 2020.
Unexpectedly, Ethiopian Shura Kitata won this year’s London Marathon clocking 2:5.41 as two Kenyans Vicent Kipchumba and Sissay Lemma coming second and third clocking time, 2:5.42, 2:5.45 respectively.
This was 24 year old Kitata’s major Marathon win having finished second and fourth in the previous two London Marathon race respectively.
Eliud failed to win a marathon he has entered in for the first time since 2013, in the Berlin Marathon were he came second.
The 35-year old Kipchoge finished in 8th position in yesterday’s event clocking 2:6.49 and was late by 1 minute and 8 seconds to the winner.
But he has attributed the loss to ear blockage
“After 25 kilometers my ear blocked and it couldn’t open anymore. But this is how sport is, we should accept defeat and focus for the winning next time.
Thanks for the support.” Kipchoge tweeted after the event.
Meanwhile Kenyan Brigid Kosgei defended the women’s race.
The 41st London Marathon will take place next year on 3rd 2021 and Atheletes registration started on yesterday.