- The second fastest man in history over the marathon distance, has withdrawn from this Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon with a calf injury.
The race had been billed as a battle between two of the best marathon runners in history - Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, yet today Bekele has withdrawn from Sunday's race with a calf injury.
Bekele, who was due to race for the first time since he clocked 2:01:41 to win the 2019 Berlin Marathon in September 2019, said: 'I am very disappointed that I cannot race on Sunday
'It has been a tough preparation time with lockdown when I couldn’t have my NN team around me. I was in good shape but then I picked up a niggle in my left calf after two fast training sessions too close together in the last weeks of preparation.
'I have been having treatment every day since then and I truly believed I would be ready but today it is worse and I now know I cannot race on it.
'This race was so important to me. My time in Berlin last year gave me great confidence and motivation and I was looking forward to show that again, I have worked so hard for it. I know many people around the world have been looking forward to this race and I am sorry to disappoint my fans, the organisers and my fellow competitors. I will take time to recover and become fit again and I hope to be back in London next year.'
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