Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata will have an uphill task at the 41st edition of the Virgin London Marathon that will be held on Sunday (3) in the streets of London.
Kitata who just edged a sprint finish to the line beating his main rival Vincent Kipchumba from Chumba whom he forced to cross the line in second.
The Ethiopian ended Eliud Kipchoge’s dominance last year will be looking to bounce back after he succumbed to the heat and humidity of Sapporo, failing to finish the Olympic marathon. He tends to do well in London, having come second in 2018 and fourth in 2019.
Kitata will once again battle his main challenger Kipchumba at the same race as they seek to dethrone each other. Kipchumba came incredibly close to winning in London, a run which followed up winning performances in Vienna and Amsterdam in 2019. The 31 years-old comes to this race with a personal best of 2:05.09 that he got in Amsterdam in 2019.
The third-fastest marathon runner of all time, Birhanu Legese will also be on the start line and he will be out to continue his winning habit after victories in the Tokyo Marathon both in 2019 and last year. Legese comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:02.48 that he got in 2019 at the Berlin Marathon.
The reigning Valencia Marathon champion Evans Chebet will also be battling for thye honors as he comes to this race with a personal best of 2:03.00 that he got last year in Valencia.
- Mosinet GEREMEW (ETH) 2:02.55 PB
- Titus EKIRU (KEN) 2:02.57 PB
- Mule WASIHUN (ETH) 2:03.16 PB
- Sisay LEMMA (ETH) 2:03.36 PB
- Kinde ATANAW (ETH) 2:03.51 PB
- Tristan WOODFINE (CAN) 2:10.51 PB
- Shura Kitata (ETH) 2:05.41
- Vincent Kipchumba (KEN) 2:05.42
- Sisay Lemma (ETH) 2:05.45