The greatest marathoner in history Eliud Kipchoge lost for the second time in two years at Monday’s chilly, rainy Boston Marathon.
Kipchoge finished the race in the 6th place, in a Marathon that was clinched by his fellow countryman Evans Chebet in 2: 05:54 . The 34-year-old Chebet is the defending champion at the Boston Marathon.
Tanzania’s Gabriel Geay finished second while Kenya's Benson Kipruto finished third.
Geoffrey Mutai holds the Boston Marathon course record of 2:03:02 from 2011.
Chebet won the title last year at the same venue.
Kipchoge dropped behind a leading group of six men and never regained contact, placing him 6th in 2:09:23.
The cash prize of the winner for both men and women is set at $150,000 which is equivalent to Sh20 million.
For the Silver medalist, which is the second position, the holders will take up to $75,000 equating to Sh10 million.
For the Bronze, also referred to as the second runner-up, the holders will bag $40,000 which is equivalent to Sh5.2 million.
For the fourth position, the men and women will grab Sh3.3 million while the fifth will get Sh2.4 million.
In October 2020, Kipchoge again lost his first-ever Marathon in 7 years at London Marathon. He finished the race in eighth place in 2:06:49. The Kenyan cited a blockage in his right ear over the last 10 miles and leg and hip cramping but didn’t blame the 50-degree weather.
“At the last five kilometers, I discovered that something is wrong,” said Kipchoge.
“My legs are not moving. My ear is totally blocked. I tried to keep on with the pace and tried to finish.”