World News – US – Eliud Kipchoge beaten in London Marathon, ending historic winning streak

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The greatest marathoner in history lost for the first time in seven years in Sunday’s cold and rainy London Marathon, ending a streak of 10 consecutive wins over 263 kilometers

Kipchoge fell behind a group of six leaders in the 24th mile and never reconnected, finishing eighth in 2:06:49

« I am really disappointed, » Kipchoge, 35, told the BBC in a thick, shivering jacket, « More marathons in me »

In his last three 262 mile races, he lowered the world record to 2:01:39 in Berlin in 2018, won his fourth London Marathon title in 2019 with a course record of 2:02: 37 and became the first person to walk the distance in less than two hours He ran 1:59:40 in a non-record-breaking event in Vienna last October

The London Marathon has been postponed from its usual April date due to the coronavirus pandemic Mass race has been canceled

Traditionally, runners meander around the Thames and produce some of the fastest times of the six World Marathon Majors

This year they were in « a safe biosphere » and completed 19 St James’s Park loops without the usual crowd of spectators – but cutouts, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William – before finishing at the usual line of the Mall at 50 degrees

In one of the fastest and closest finishes in #LondonMarathon history, Shura Kitana edged Vincent Kipchumba for victory

Earlier in the women’s race, world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya won easily in 2:18:58 Kosgei, who won the London marathon, clocked the fastest women’s time in the story at the Chicago Marathon last October, in 2:14:04

American Sara Hall jumped in the final half, dropping from ninth to second in 2:22:01 a personal best and the eighth fastest time ever for a US woman in her last marathon in February 29, Hall competed in the Olympic trials as a contender for the three-woman squad, but retired in the 23rd mile, calling it a « massive disappointment »

Hall, who edged world champion Ruth Chepngetich by four seconds on Sunday, won her first major world marathon podium.She became the first American female runner to step onto the London Marathon podium since Deena Kastor won in 2006

« I’m still a bit shocked, » said Hall « I’m very honored to be making the most of my career at 37 »

Molly Seidel, who made the Olympic team finishing second in trials in her first marathon, finished sixth Sunday in 2:25:13, 2:18 ahead of her debut in Atlanta

Marathon, London Marathon, Eliud Kipchoge, Brigid Kosgei, Kenenisa Bekele

World news – United States – Eliud Kipchoge beaten in the London Marathon, ending a streak of historical victories


SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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