In the climactic confrontation on October 4, runner Kenenisa Bekele holds many more records at a distance of 5km, 10km more than Eliud Kipchoge.
In this article, we will look into detail to find out the reasons why Bekele could beat Kipchoge at the London Marathon.
Eliud Kipchoge (Kenyan) and Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopian) are the world’s top two long-distance runners. In 2019, Eliud Kipchoge made a miracle when he finished on the INEOS 1:59 track, overcoming the historic 2-hour barrier for a full marathon (42 km).
So the runners-up on October 4 at the London Marathon 2020 becomes especially attractive among runners. Kipchoge won most of the recent marathon and was appreciated by many people. However, Bekele also has certain strengths to be able to overcome the Kenyan runners.
In the last 4 times on the marathon, Kipchoge beat Bekele.
Owning many titles
It is not the famous runners like Mo Farah, Haile Gebrselassie. Kenenisa Bekele who hold the most world records at the distance of 5,000 m and 10,000 m. The mentality and fitness of this 36-year-old runner can be affected by that performance.
At the 2013 Great North Run, the 38-year-old runner left Mo Farah in the last few sprints to win the top spot. Therefore, experts believe that, if Kipchoge can not outstrip his opponent on the run, the final race at the London Marathon 2020 will be the moment of victory for Bekele.
Running as fast as Kipchoge
Kipchoge hit an unprecedented marathon record. It was less than 2 hours on the INEOS 1:59 track. However, this happened only with the help of a pacer running around the windshield. Besides, he used a pair of unsuccessful support shoes received by the International Marathon Association.
Above are some reasons why Bekele could beat Kipchoge at the London Marathon. Despite old age, the athlete is still expected to get many other achievements in the near future.