Eliud Kipchoge finished eighth in the London Marathon Race
Earlier today, world record holder Eliud Kipchoge lost the London Marathon race to Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata. In a post-race interview, the 35-year-old long-distance runner disclosed that he had a problem with his ear after 25 kilometres but assured his fans that he would still compete in the future races.
“I’m really disappointed, I thought I would race better. My right ear was blocked, I don’t know what happened. I cramped and also had problems with my hip. The last 15km I felt my right ear was blocked. It just happened in the race. It’s really cold here, but I don’t blame the conditions. I will go back to my coach and see what happens. I’ve got more marathons in me..,” Kipchoge said.
After 25 kilometers my ear blocked and it couldn't open anymore. But this is how sport is, we should accept defeat and focus for the winning next time.
Thanks for the support. pic.twitter.com/No1Kcyizco
— Eliud Kipchoge – EGH🇰🇪 (@EliudKipchoge) October 4, 2020
The ear is always connected to the breathing system and when one blocks, you will lose the ability to maintain upright posture and balance.
With Kipchoge’s great rival Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest marathon runner in history, missing through injury the stage looked set for a fifth victory for the Kenyan GOAT. However, Kitata pushed ahead of Kenya’s Vincent Kipchumba on the home straight to finish in two hours five minutes and 41 seconds while Kipchog finished eighth.
Eliud Kipchoge is our hero and let’s hope he will be able to come back stronger!