Bridgid Kosgei wins 2020 London Marathon crown
Bridgid Kosgei has defended her London Marathon crown with an exciting performance on Sunday morning winning the 40th edition of the marathon in 2:18:58.
The marathon, run under strict Covid 19 regulations was held without the usual spectators lining the route and was also without the thousands of charity runners.The race, that had originally been set for April was postponed due to the Worldwide Covid-19 pandemic and was run 19.8 laps across a fenced-off course
In second place, American Sara Hall with a time of 02:22.01 came in between Kosgei and Ruth Chepngetich who finished in third place with a time of 02:22.05
In the men’s race , Eliud Kipchoge will be hoping to clinch the men’s crown but without the much hyped head-to-head duel with Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele.
The second fastest man over the distance (2:01:41) from Ethiopia was billed to be the biggest challenge to world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge (2:01:39) on Sunday but had to withdraw due to a calf injury.
"I am very disappointed that I cannot race on Sunday," said Bekele, a three-time Olympic champion.
He added: "It has been a tough preparation time, with lockdown, when I couldn’t have my NN team around me. I was in good shape but then I picked up a niggle in my left calf after two fast training sessions close together in the last weeks of preparation.
“I have been having treatment every day since then and I truly believed I would be ready, but today it is worse and I now know I cannot race on it.”
His wait to race since his exhilarating fete at the 2019 Berlin Marathon where he came two seconds away from the world record continues.