The 2021 London Marathon, Sisay Lemma had plenty to celebrate as the winner of the Men’s Elite race, but there will have been a pang of disappointment after missing out on a $25,000 bonus by just two seconds.
The Ethiopian crossed the finishing line in 2:04.01, comfortably clear of Vincent Kipchumba who was 27 seconds behind in second place, allowing the champion to wave to the crowd as he claimed victory.
Lemma might be regretting as The Guardian reports that there was an extra $25,000 on offer if he had crossed the line in under 2:04.01, something he would surely have managed if he hadn’t enjoyed the adulation of the crowd in the capital.
The 30 year-old is not letting that play on his mind after the finest moment of his career, which was a very profitable day even without the bonus he narrowly missed out on.
Lemma pocketed $55,000 for winning the race and another $50,000 bonus for running under 2:05, so it was still a very good day at the office for him.
‘I came third last year here in London and to return one year later and to win this great race is an incredible and proud moment.’
The Ethiopian wasn’t worried about the finances after winning the race, saying: ‘Today was the biggest win of my career and a dream come true for me.