World Record holder Eliud Kipchoge has finally come out to explain what messed up his London Marathon, minutes after finishing a shock 8th in the race.
Speaking to the press, the 2hrs, 1 minute and 39 seconds record hero stated that his right ear blocked with 15 kilometres to go.
“I’m really disappointed, I thought I would race better. My right ear was blocked, I don’t know what happened,” Kipchoge narrated.
The eleven-time marathon winner also added that he struggled with his hip, forcing him to slow down during the race.
“I also struggled with my hip. The last 15km I felt my right ear was blocked. It just happened in the race. It’s really cold here.
Kipchoge, who also holds the world unofficial record ran in Vienna, Austria, in 2019, refused to blame the weather but instead, promising to come back stronger and more energetic.
“I don’t blame the conditions. I will go back to my coach and see what happens. I’ve got more marathons in me,” he said.
Kipchoge failed to defend his London Marathon after finishing in the 8th position in 2:06:49 behind the eventual winner Shura Kitata from Ethiopia who clocked 2:05:42.
It wasn't to be for Eliud Kipchoge in the #LondonMarathon.
He's revealed what happened in the race… 👇
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 4, 2020
However, there was still joy for Kenyans as Vincent Kipchumba finished one second behind Kitata to bag the silver.
Kitata’s compatriot Sisay Lemma closed the top three in 2:05:45.
The tight race saw five Ethiopians finish in the top ten with Kenya picking four slots while Norway’s Sondre Nodstad Moen choked his way into the crop that was selfishly shared by the East Africans to finish 9th.