Shura Kitata of Ethiopia on Sunday won the 2020 London Marathon men’s race in a sprint finish to end Eliud Kipchoge’s stranglehold dominance on the course.
Kitata crossed the finish line I 2:05:41 in a battle against Kenya’s Vincent Kipchuma who finished second in 2:05:42 at the very end.
The Ethiopian and Kipchumba became the new favorite to win the race after breaking away from a group of eight that had stuck together all through the race.
This saw Men’s World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge lost his first race since coming second to Wilson Kipsang in a world-record pace Berlin Marathon in 2013 as he finished sixth in London on Sunday, October 3.
Kipchoge started to struggle from the 40km mark and was later dropped off the leading pack.
Kipchonge was the favorite to win the men’s race after his main rival Kenenisa Bekele withdrew on Friday, October 3, with a calf injury.
Earlier on Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei dominated the women’s race to retain her London marathon title ahead of America’s Sarah Hall and fellow Kenyan Ruth Chepng’etich who came in second and third respectively.
This year’s event is an elite-athlete only event run due to coronavirus restrictions.
The event does not also have thousands of charity runners and even more people cheering them on from the pavements.