Eliud Kipchoge was not part of Kenya’s contingent that returned home on Tuesday, October 6, after taking part in the 2020 London Marathon.
Kipchoge failed to reclaim his crown during the 40th edition of competition held on Sunday, October 3, as Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata emerged victorious.
Kitata stunned the world as he beat the marathon legend and Kenya’s Vincent Kipchumba to the top spot of the men’s elite competition.
However, the 35-year-old finished a startling eighth, behind four Ethiopians and fellow countryman Benson Kipruto.
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After the race, the world champion blamed his poor performance on a blocked ear.
After the participation, it was thought Kipchoge would join other Kenyan athletes in their trip back to the country.
But the world marathon record holder opted to link up with his management team, the Global Sports Communications, in Netherlands.
Kipchumba and Vivian Cheruiyot led the Kenyan team that touched base at Eldoret International Airport.
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