Sir Mo Farah withdrew from Sunday’s London Marathon due to a hip injury.
The four-time Olympic gold medalist, 39, suffered a right hip problem in training and will not be fit.
He said: “I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and getting back into good shape and was quite optimistic that I could do well in the TCS London Marathon.
“However, for the past 10 days I have been experiencing pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physiotherapy and treatments and have done everything to be on the starting line but haven’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”
Farah, who was set to run his first marathon since 2019, looked in good shape after winning The Big Half warm-up race earlier this month.
However, he intends to race in 2023 when it returns to its traditional April date.
Farah added: “It’s really disappointing to retire after the good last few months and after winning The Big Half, but also because I love racing in front of my home crowd in London who are always so supportive of us athletes .
“I wish everyone who takes part on Sunday a good run and I hope to be on the road with you again in April 2023.”
Race director Hugh Brasher added: “We are so sorry that Sir Mo is unable to race on Sunday.
“We wish him a very speedy recovery and hope to see him run the 2023 TCS London Marathon in April next year.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/athletics/mo-farah-injury-london-marathon-b2177411.html London Marathon: Sir Mo Farah suffers an injury and will miss the weekend’s race