World marathon second fastest runner, Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia has withdrawn from Boston marathon that will be held in April 18, 2020.
The 39 year-old said he was “just not ready” and wanted to avoid repeating his last marathon in New York City in November, when he finished sixth while running six minutes slower than he did at the Berlin Marathon six weeks earlier. He said in a finish-area interview that day that he had a little hip problem.
“All focus on fall marathon,” his agent Jos Hermens said Tuesday. “He knows the next one has to be a good one!”
The three times Olympic champion was due to race the world’s oldest annual marathon for the first time.
The former 5000m and 10,000m world-record holder on the track, made his marathon debut in 2014 and ascended to win Berlin in 2016 in 2:03.03, then the second-fastest time in history.
The five times world champion has started eight marathons with these results: a win (in Berlin in 2019 in 2:01.41, missing Eliud Kipchoge‘s world record by two seconds), a runner-up, a third, two sixths and three DNFs. He also withdrew before the 2020 London Marathon.