World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge was on Sunday, 4 October defeated in the London Marathon as Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata won a thrilling finish to claim an unexpected victory, ending Kipchoge’s e dominance.
Eliud Kipchoge was the favorite to win the much-awaited and widely watched marathon but unfortunately, he lagged behind with just two laps to go and finished in the 8th position as Kitata took the lead. Kenya’s Vincent Kichumba finished second behind Kitata
Kipchoge has however claimed that his dismal performance in this year’s London Marathon was due to a problem with his ear which block just after 25 kilometers.
“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 said
Kipchoge, 35 is the four-time winner of the most coveted London Marathon. He is the world record holder in the marathon with a time of 2:01:39, set on 16 September 2018, at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. His run broke the previous world record by 1 minute and 18 seconds