From Sara Hall's sprint finish, to Kitata's surprise win, the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon was a thrilling watch from start to finish. Here's all our favourite reactions to the race on social media:
Sara Hall's amazing PB
In case you missed it, in the final minutes of the women's elite race, Sara Hall chased down Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich, the world champion, to finish second at the 40th London Marathon, in 2:22:01 – a PB by 15 seconds.
What a finish from Sara Hall for 2nd position... pic.twitter.com/vVjqfAYQAM— Mr STKMOON (@stkmoon) October 4, 2020
Coverage is terrible but new life goal: finish a race like Sara Hall #Londonmarathon2020— Kate Carter (@katehelencarter) October 4, 2020
If anyone in the U.S. questioned their decision to wake up in the middle of the night (or stay up) and watch the #LondonMarathon, Sara Hall made it 100% worth it.— Fast Women (@fast_women) October 4, 2020
Rightfully so, my entire timeline consists of Sara Hall at the London marathon and nothing else.— Annie Rodenfels (@Annie_Rodenfels) October 4, 2020
And, that’s the way I like it.
Eliud Kipchoge's eighth place finish
The world’s best marathoner had an uncharacteristically off day at the 2020 London Marathon, finishing in eighth place. Kipchoge said he experienced an issue with his right ear during the London Marathon, which led to his subpar performance.
Now that I’ve slept a bit & regained some lucidity, here’s my London takeaway: @EliudKipchoge reminded us that to be human is to be vulnerable, and @SaraHall3 reminded us that every human can be extraordinary. If that’s not the best message of athletics, I don’t know what is.— David Melly (@davidlikesyou) October 4, 2020
You are a Winner either way. 💪💪💪— BRAVIN YURI (@BravinYuri) October 4, 2020
"The inner ear contains the vestibular system whose function is the maintenance of the body's postural equilibrium. Nerve impulses from the inner ear communicates the position of your head allowing you to maintain balance."
Everyone is tweeting "Something must be wrong with Kipchoge"... what if nothing is wrong with him and he's doing all he can ? Things don't always have to go your way. #EliudKipchoge #Londonmarathon2020 pic.twitter.com/ZCBEYC9ryd— 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐧𓅓 (@ItsMoran_) October 4, 2020
Kitata's sprint finish
In an amazing sprint finish, Ethiopian Shura Kitata crossed the finish line of the men's elite race at the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2:05:41, one second ahead of Kenyan runner Vincent Kipchumba. Ethiopia's Sisay Lemma finished in third place, with a time of 2:05:45.
Kosgei retaining her London Marathon title
After breaking away at mile 18, reigning London Marathon champ and world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya ran solo across the finish line to win this year’s race in 2:18:58.
An unfamiliar course. An isolated stadium. A challenging training season. Through it all, Brigid Kosgei kept going.— Nike (@Nike) October 4, 2020
Because greatness is unstoppable. 👟 🥇 pic.twitter.com/BPdniN6CK8
Her win streak isn't as long as Kipchoge's was, but in terms of margin of victory, Brigid Kosgei's last four-marathon stretch is better than anything Eliud Kipchoge has ever done. pic.twitter.com/PWylzJn7RZ— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) October 4, 2020
Brigid Kosgei's splits yesterday 🔥— Virgin Money London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) October 5, 2020
5km - 16:26 (16:26)
10km - 32:25 (15:59)
15km - 48:31 (16:06)
20km - 1:04:35 (16:05)
25km - 1:21:17 (16:42)
30km - 1:38:18 (17:02)
35km - 1:55:00 (16:42)
40km - 2:11:41 (16:42)
42km - 2:18.58 (7.17)
What a performance! #LondonMarathon pic.twitter.com/b6sfnyuzre
The virtual race
Of course, for 45,000 runners, yesterday's London Marathon was very different to normal. In 109 countries around the world, runners took on 26.2 miles as part of the virtual London Marathon. Here's some of our favourite moments:
He only went and did it! 👏— Mencap (@mencap_charity) October 4, 2020
Aaron has proved them wrong. ❤️
He has finished the @VirginMoney @LondonMarathon.
In five hours and nine minutes. 🕑
We can't explain how proud of Aaron we are.
Congratulations Aaron. 🙂 https://t.co/NYJKyQie15#LondonMarathon #TeamMencap pic.twitter.com/uPBFBtdLT9
Just pure emotion finishing the Virtual @LondonMarathon today.🌟— Peter Gillibrand (@GillibrandPeter) October 4, 2020
Can’t believe I managed to finish the 26.2 miles in a star for @mencap_charity. Thank you to everyone for support today.🏃♂️
Loved spreading happiness even if it was the hardest thing I’ve EVER done. #LondonMarathon pic.twitter.com/TYjlLf5NW7
I got a confetti canon finish and loo roll ribbon. Was the finish line of dreams! What a day. I ran a marathon (plus 2 and a half extra miles 🤦🏼♀️😂) #EmRunsAMarathon 🎉🏃🏼♀️☔️ #The40thRace @LondonMarathon pic.twitter.com/pEyETf9hTk— Emily Galt (@emily_galt) October 4, 2020
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