News : Kipchoge loses the second marathon of his life
It is without a doubt the big news of the year in the world of athletics. After winning 10 of the 11 marathons he had run in his career (the only one in which he had not won was in Berlin in 2013, where he was second), the best marathoner in history, the king, the world record holder of the distance, Eliud Kipchoge, has not been able to win in this London Marathon 2020 so strange, with a closed circuit format in which the athletes have had to do almost 20 laps to complete the 42.195km at Saint James’s Park in the English capital.
The Kenyan already in the middle of the race has been seen with a grimace that suggested that something was not right. The pace of the first marathon (62’54 ”) was quite ‘slow’ from what could be predicted, far from the World Record of the NN Running Team athlete in Berlin 2018. As Marc Roig and Carles Castillejo have pointed out in the Teledeporte broadcast, Kipchoge has not been supplied for almost 45 minutes, which made you think that you could suffer from a stomach problem. It was approximately at kilometer 38 when Eliud has lagged behind, he has shown signs of weakness and Kitata, Kipchumba, Geremew and Lemma have taken advantage of it to escape and open a gap.
It was a reality. Kipchoge was not going to fight for victory and a historical event was going to occur. The hole has been getting wider and wider and in four to five kilometers the leading group took 27 seconds away from a Kipchoge who wanted to finish the race despite the fact that his body was clearly not working well. The final victory has been for the Ethiopian Shula Kitata in a tremendous finish with the Adidas athlete Vincent Kipchumba. Kitata stopped the clock at 2.05.41.
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