Shock as Ethiopian Kitata dethrones Eliud Kipchoge in London

Sunday October 04 2020

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge runs in the elite men's race of the 2020 London Marathon in central London on October 4, 2020. PHOTO | AFP

A different script was written at the London Marathon, away from anyone’s prediction or expectation.

It was Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata, who pulled that stunning script when he shocked favourite and defending champion Eliud Kipchoge.

It was sweet revenge for Kitata as he denied the Olympic champion his fifth London Marathon title.

Kitata, who moved to the front after hitting the 35km in a pack, edged out Kenya’s Amsterdam champion Vincent Kipchumba in a sprint finish to win in two hours, 05 minutes and 41 seconds.

It was a great victory for Kitata who finally claimed revenge against Kipchoge, who beat him to second place during the 2018 London Marathon. Kipchumba finished a second adrift.