Ethiopian runner, Shura Shura Kitata stuns Eliud Kipchoge to win London Marathon 2020
London, Oct. 4, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Kenyan marathoner, Eliud Kipchoge relinquished his London Marathon title in dramatic circumstances after falling off the pace in the final stages of the elite race around St James’ Park, allowing outsider Shura Kitata to clinch a shock victory in a final sprint finish.
Shura Kitata digs out an extra few mph on the home straight to snatch gold. Great finish! Kipchumba second and Lemma third.
Four-time winner Kipchoge was the favourite, but fell behind with two laps to go and finished eighth.
Kitata pushed ahead of Kenya’s Vincent Kipchumba on the home straight to finish in two hours five minutes and 41 seconds.
Kosgei, 26, went clear of world champion Ruth Chepngetich after mile 18 and finished in 2:18.58, three minutes and three seconds ahead of American Sara Hall.
She was almost five minutes outside her world record set in Chicago last year.
“The weather was not good, so we struggled,” Kosgei, who earned $30,000 (£23,200) in prize money with her win, told BBC Sport. “I struggled up to the moment I finished.
“We have not prepared well due to the pandemic. I will be prepared for good results next year.”
The London Marathon, rescheduled from its traditional April date because of the coronavirus pandemic, is taking place for elite runners only over 19 laps around St James’s Park.