World record holder Eliud Kipchoge has said that the postponement of the London Marathon left him sad for two weeks before he came to terms with the decision.
Kipchoge said his fitness was at peak level for a showdown that would have pitted him against Ethiopian rival Kenenisa Bekele, the only other man to go under two hours, two minutes over the distance.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the April showdown never came to be, as the race was rescheduled for October 4th and yet it still remains far from certain it will take place.
Kipchoge is the defending champion and would have been chasing a record fifth London title.
“It was painful for me when London was postponed,” Kipchoge told Runner’s World. “I was at peak fitness before that race. I took two weeks to be sad, and then I went back to training. This is life.”