Ethiopian Shura Kitata has beaten world record holder Eliud Kipchoge to win the 2020 London Marathon.
Kitata’s win over the four-time winner was unexpected.
Kipchoge was the favourite for the marathon, but fell behind with two laps to go and finished eighth.
Ethiopian Kitata pushed ahead of Kenya’s Vincent Kipchumba on the home straight to finish in two hours five minutes and 41 seconds.
24 year old Shura Kitata from Ethiopia is the new champion for the London Marathon(2020 edition) . Congratulations to him.#Londonmarathon2020 pic.twitter.com/hgonAQJ4Vt
— Almamy Moha™ (@AlmamyMoha) October 4, 2020
In the women’s event, Brigid Kosgei, who holds the women’s world record, defended her title.
Both races were run in cold and wet conditions on a specially designed closed-loop course because of coronavirus restrictions.
The women’s race started at 07:15 BST with the men’s following three hours later and the wheelchair races, with male and female athletes competing at the same time, coming after.