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Kenenisa Bekele out of London Marathon; no Eliud Kipchoge duel


Kenenisa Bekele withdrew from Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a calf injury two days before he was to duel world-record holder Eliud Kipchoge .


“I was in good shape but then I picked up a niggle in my left calf after two fast training sessions close together in the last weeks of preparation,” was posted on Bekele’s social media.


Bekele did not mention the injury in a Wednesday press conference, sitting socially distanced from Kipchoge at a table.


It was postponed from its traditional April date and moved to a looped course in St. James’s Park due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Bekele, a more accomplished track runner who won Olympic gold medals and lowered world records at 5000m and 10,000m, has never beaten Kipchoge in a marathon.


“My time in Berlin last year gave me great confidence and motivation and I was looking forward to show that again, I have worked so hard for it.






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