The London Marathon, which ended today, Beijing time, caught the world's road running enthusiasts by surprise-from extremely anticipating, to a thousand regrets, to a very unexpected... this year's marathon grand slam is the last seedling, and finally a drama The way and the result of the change.
Caption: After a year, Kipchoge fell to the altar.
I said that I was looking forward to it. Because the 2020 London Marathon was affected by the new crown pneumonia epidemic, it has been postponed and revised many times. Although it was finally set in the form of an elite race, it did not affect its attention at all. The giants "Kipchoge and Bekeler will compete on the same stage in this game." This game is therefore called the "War of the Century" by runners around the world.
And the two veterans who are over 70 years old together were also good enough last year. With the help of nutritionists and physical therapists, Bekeler conducted targeted training and recovery to relieve the pain. And in the Berlin Marathon held on September 29 last year, Becquer crossed the line with 2:01:41 seconds, and this result was only 2 seconds behind the world record set by Kipchoge; Kipchoge was in Vienna carried out an experimental challenge, breaking through the human limit of the marathon with a score of 1:59:40.2, knocking on the 2-hour mark.
However, as much as the expectations, there are as much regrets as possible. Just before the start of the race, the London Marathon Organizing Committee officially announced that Ethiopian long-distance runner Bekler withdrew from the race due to injury. In fact, although he could not train with the team because of the epidemic, Bekeler had previously admitted that he had been in good condition. However, after relatively intensive training before, his left calf muscles developed some problems. After continuous treatment, the injury did not improve. At the age of 38, he finally made a decision to retire. "I am very disappointed not to be able to participate in Sunday's game." Bekeler said, "I have been in treatment every day since the injury, and I have always believed that I can recover in time, but today the injury has become serious and I know I can't play. "Bekeler said frankly that the success he created in the Berlin match last year gave him a lot of confidence. He was very much looking forward to showing the same state in London, but now he can only take time to heal his injuries and hopes to come back next year when he recovers.
但是，除了期望之外，还有尽可能多的遗憾。比赛开始前，伦敦马拉松赛组委会正式宣布埃塞俄比亚长跑选手贝克勒因受伤退出比赛。实际上，尽管由于流行病而无法与团队一起训练，但Bekeler之前曾承认自己身体状况良好。但是，在经过相对密集的训练之前，他的左小腿肌肉出现了一些问题。连续治疗后，损伤没有改善。 38岁时，他终于决定退休。 “我很失望不能参加周日的比赛。”贝克勒说：“自受伤以来，我每天都在接受治疗，我一直相信我能及时康复，但今天受伤已变得很严重，我知道我无法参加比赛。”贝克勒坦率地说，成功他去年在柏林比赛中创造的比赛给了他很大的信心。他非常期待在伦敦展示同样的状态，但是现在他只能花点时间治愈自己的伤势，并希望明年恢复健康。
The "War of the Century" is so yellow! As a result, most of the senior runners and the media have set the tone for the race-the men's full marathon world record holder Kipchoge is basically sure to lead the London Marathon.
However, the process of the game was completely unexpected. Kipchoge actually only won eighth place, with a result of 2 hours, 6 minutes and 49 seconds. This is the second loss of Kipchoge's marathon career, and it is a real defeat-he unexpectedly lost to 7 people in a marathon, definitely the worst record of his career.
What caused the "God of Marathon" to experience such a failure? His own explanation is-bad weather. When the race started that day, it was raining lightly in London, and the lowest temperature was only 4 degrees Celsius. "I blocked water in my ears during the half-time, and I have not dredged it since. The last 15 kilometers of leg cramps, maybe because of the cold ."
It is worth mentioning that there is still water on the road at the scene, which also affects the athletes. Kipchoge gradually fell out of the first group at about 1 hour and 50 minutes. In fact, the pace of the first group is not particularly ideal. On the second lap, Kipchoge fell behind.
As the "god" in the minds of many runners, Kipchoge experienced his second career loss in such a special year. There are accidental factors as well as inevitable factors-compared with young players, the inability to systematically train in accordance with conventional habits due to the epidemic, and adverse weather factors, etc., will undoubtedly have a greater impact on veterans like Kipchoge.
"Kipchoge will get old after all. Are we going to start facing a marathon god who is no longer dominant?" After this game, countless Kipchoge fans around the world may have such a question mark in their hearts. . Of course, everything has a periodicity, and reaching the peak is also the beginning of weakness. Some experience a longer time, some experience a shorter time, but it is hard to escape the laws of nature. As a soon to be 36-year-old veteran, even if there is no one at the peak of his career, he has dominated the men's marathon for many years, and failure will come sooner or later. The weather, water in the ears, and leg cramps may be accidents this time, but not necessarily the next time.