Top marathon runner Kenenisa Bekele has shocked the world after withdrawing from Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon.
Bekele (2:01:41) was ready to take on fellow Running Teammate and world record holder Eliud Kipchoge (2:01:39) in a race for the ages. An unfortunate calf injury forced Kenenisa to withdraw from the race.
“I am very disappointed that I cannot race on Sunday,” said a dismayed 38 year old Bekele.
He continued, “It has been a tough preparation time, with lockdown, when I couldn’t have my NN team around me. 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.”
“I have been having treatment every day since then and I truly believed I would be ready, but today it is worse and I now know I cannot race on it.”
[Ethiopian marathon star Kenenisa Bekele in action. Photo/courtesy].
Kenenisa Manager and Global sport Communication Director Jos Hermens, said “The Covid-19 pandemic turned the world upside down and had a big influence on the sports world in general, but also had a big influence specifically on the preparation of Kenenisa Bekele in the lead up to London Marathon.”
Hermens said the unfortunate situation can be termed as a thin line between a top performance and staying healthy.
He said they are working hard to get Bekele back on track