Only minutes after Shura Kitata sent shockwaves through the game of long-distance race running by ousting the incomparable Eliud Kipchoge at the Virgin Money London Marathon, a World Athletics Platinum Label street race, the triumphant Ethiopian encountered his very own seismic shock.
Kitata’s mentor, the exceptionally regarded Haji Adilo, had stayed in Ethiopia as opposed to going with his competitor to London for what Kitata had been told was family reasons.
It was solely after Kitata’s emotional victory in The Mall on Sunday (4) that the competitor was educated regarding the genuine explanation Adilo had remained at home – a positive Covid-19 test that had constrained him into isolation.
The stunner news had been purposely retained from Kitata by Adilo and the remainder of his help group, who stressed it may contrarily affect his perspective in London.
And surprisingly however Adilo’s positive test had been uncovered in the media a few days before the race, the news by one way or another never sifted through to Kitata. Social separating rules at the competitors’ away inn had protected the Ethiopian from any tattle.
All things considered, Kitata went to the beginning line on Sunday in euphoric obliviousness, which went to happy delight barely two hours some other time when he dominated Kenyan Vincent Kipchumba by a solitary second in an emotional last run to win in 2:05:41.