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London Marathon: Raila, Ruto and the world react to Eliud Kipchoge’s defeat

ATHLETICS By Odero Charles | October 4th 2020
October 4, 2020 Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge after the elite men's race Joe Toth for London Marathon Events/Handout via REUTERS

It did not take long for the sporting community to respond to World record holder Eliud  kipchoge's shocking loss at the 2020 London Marathon.

This year’s London Marathon saw Eliud Kipchoge suffer his first defeat since 2013 as Ethiopia's Shura Kitata outsprinted Kenya's Vincent Kipchumba to win a thrilling  Marathon on Sunday.

Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia was third, with Kipchoge finishing eighth in 2:06.49.

October 4, 2020 Ethiopia's Shura Kitata celebrates winning the elite men's race with second placed Kenya's Vincent Kipchumba and third placed Ethiopia's Sisay Lemma Pool via REUTERS

After the race, Kipchoge, 35, chose to give a detailed reaction in the immediate after failing to defend his London Marathon title.

Asked about the race, Kipchoge said: “I’m really disappointed, I had a problem with my right ear after it blocked, and then I really cramped and had problems with my hip from about the last 15 km,”

“It’s really cold but I don’t blame the conditions and I’m still there to come back again.”

October 4, 2020 Pacemaker Britain's Mo Farah during the elite men's race Pool via REUTERS

British athletics legend Sir Mo Farah, who was part of the race as a pacemaker, admitted he was surprised by Kipchoge's defeat.

"It was a shock for all of us. We had expected him to win by miles, considering what times he has run," Farah told the BBC.

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"But that happens, it's sport. It was a good field. It's part of racing, it's part of sport, it happens."

This was how the world reacted on social media about kipchoge's loss.

Earlier, Kenyan world record holder Brigid Kosgei was a comfortable winner of the women’s race in 2:18.58 as American Sara Hall produced a great finish to snatch second from Ruth Chepngetich.

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