The London Marathon Organizing Committee announced on the 2nd that Ethiopian star Becquer withdrew from the race due to a calf injury. This means that the men's full marathon world record holder Kipchoge may lead the way in the 4th race.
The 38-year-old Bekeler won the Berlin Marathon last year with a time of 2 hours, 1 minute and 41 seconds, only two seconds behind the world record held by Kipchoge. This year’s London Marathon was expected to stage a strong dialogue between Bekele and Kipchoge, but Bekele revealed through a video on the 2nd that he was recently prepared for the war because the interval between two high-speed training was too short, which caused a left calf injury and had to Quit this competition.
"I am very disappointed not to be able to participate in Sunday's game." Bekeler said, "I have been in treatment every day since the injury, and I have always believed that I can recover in time, but today the injury has become serious and I know I can't play. "Bekeler said frankly that the great results he created in the Berlin match last year gave him a lot of confidence. He was very much looking forward to showing the same state in London, but now he can only take time to heal his injuries and hopes to come back next year when he recovers.
35-year-old Kenyan Kipchoge is the 2016 Rio Olympic Marathon champion. He set a world record of 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds in the Berlin Marathon in 2018. In October 2019, he completed the full marathon in an experimental challenge in 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds. Although this achievement cannot be regarded as a new world record, it is enough to be recorded in history.
Affected by the new crown epidemic, the London Marathon scheduled to be held on April 26 was postponed to October 4. After several months of communication with relevant parties, the event organizers finally determined that this year's competition will only allow elite athletes in the male, female and wheelchair groups to participate. There are no spectators in the game and it will take place in circles on the track set in St. James' Park. Competition results can be used to determine Olympic qualifications. (Finish)