Mo Farah withdraws from the London Marathon on Sunday

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Sir Mo Farah is out of the TCS London Marathon on Sunday. The four-time Olympic gold medalist has been grappling with a hip injury and says he's not fit to compete.

Having recently won the Big Half, Farah says he's disappointed to not be competing. 'I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance at the TCS London Marathon.

'However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the Start Line but it hasn't improved enough to compete on Sunday.'

Farah last run the London Marathon in 2019 where he finished fifth in a time of 2:05:39. He also ran in the event in 2018, where he finished third in a course record of 2:06:22.

Farah says he's disappointed not to be running in front of a home crowd on Sunday but plans to return to the event in 2023. 'It’s really disappointing to have to withdraw after a good last few months and after my win at The Big Half but also because I love racing in front of my home crowd in London who always give all of us athletes such amazing support.

'I wish everyone taking part on Sunday a good run and I hope to be back out there with you in April 2023.'

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