News : The Ethiopian is out due to injury
Well colored bunting, this story is over. We will not have the long-awaited Kipchoge-Bekele duel. The first two that were scheduled have already been postponed, both April in London and August at the Tokyo Olympics. When it seemed that nothing could finally twist one of the most anticipated matches of all time, two days before the event, it was reported that the Ethiopian is out due to injury. A tremendous and totally unexpected jug of cold water for the London Marathon because last Wednesday they even held the previous press conference together with Eliud and everything seemed to be going as normal. What’s more, the two best marathoners in history were making a joke referring to the hares and how fast they would go on Sunday.
An injury training the last weeks
According to a statement issued by the organization of the race, finally the Ethiopian, who had been preparing alone in his native Addis Ababa and who also assured in the previous press conference that the preparation had not gone as well as I would have liked, will not be on the starting line on Sunday at 11:00 in the English capital.
“I am very disappointed that I cannot race on Sunday. It has been a difficult preparation time with blocking when I couldn’t have my team around me. I was in good shape, but then I felt a problem in my left calf after two fast training sessions too close together in the last weeks of preparation, ”says Bekele. “I have been receiving treatment every day since then and I really believed that he would be ready, but today it is worse and now I know that I cannot race with him.
– Virgin Money London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) October 2, 2020
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