Brigid Kosgei Retains Title in London Marathon

Brigid Kosgei as she wins Second Women’s Title in London Marathon [Photo: Capital Sports]

October 5th, 2020 – Brigid Kosgei won the London Marathon, clocking 2:18.58, ahead of world champion Ruth Chepngetich, after mile 18 and finished in three minutes and three seconds ahead of American Sara Hall.

Brigid was however almost five minutes outside her world record set in Chicago last year.“The weather was not good so we struggled,” said Kosgei. “We have not prepared well due to the pandemic, but I will be prepared for good results next year.”

In the men’s race World record holder Eliud Kipchoge was beaten, as Shura Kitata of Ethiopia won a thrilling sprint finish to claim an unexpected victory.

Four-time winner Kipchoge, was the favourite, after Kenenisa Bekele pulled out of the race due to injury. 

Kipchoge said he lost hearing sense in one ear and had a cramp on the hip after 25 miles, but held on to finish eighth. 

The London Marathon, rescheduled from its traditional April date, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, took place for elite runners only over 19 laps around St James’s Park.

The usual mass participation event, happened virtually because of COVID-19 restrictions, while there were no spectators cheering on the elite runners

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