The anticipated duel between the two best modern long distance runners, Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele and Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge is off ahead of the Virgin Money London Marathon set to take place on 4th Sunday October 2020 at St James Park.
The 2019 Berlin Marathon winner, Bekele has withdrawn from taking part in 40th London Marathon due to calf injury.
“An unfortunate calf injury has forced Kenenisa Bekele to withdraw from the London Marathon.” nn running team tweeted.
Bekele is saddened with him missing out on the race as he expected to build on Berlin victory as he just missed by two seconds to Kipchoge’s record of running Marathon under two hours in Vienna last year.
“This race was so important to me. My time in Berlin last year gave me great confidence and motivation and I was looking forward to show that again, I have worked so hard for it.” Said Bekele.
“I realise many people around the world have been looking forward to this race and I am sorry to disappoint my fans, the organisers and my fellow competitors.”
With Bekele out of the London Marathon race, this gives the 35-year-old Kipchoge a chance to defend his gold medal he won last year in April.
This year’s race was set to take place on 26th April 2020, but due to Covid-19 pandemic, the event was pushed to October on 4th. With only elite race Atheletes arrowed to take part as mass Marathon was banned due the Covid 19 and fans won’t be arrowed in running space.
All Atheletes are going to undergo a mandatory Covid-19 testing before they enter into the race, with over 30 participants set to grace the event.
Three categories of Marathon are to take place, Men’s Marathon, Women’s Marathon and wheelchair Marathon.