LONDON: Ethiopia men’s world champion Tamirat Tola said on Friday that he had withdrawn from October London Marathon due to muscle fatigue.
Tola won gold in Eugene, Oregon last month with a championship record time of two hours, five minutes and 36 seconds.
“It is with great regret that I cannot run the TCS London Marathon this year,” said the 31-year-old.
“Unfortunately, since the world championships, I have problems with muscle fatigue and I haven’t been able to return to training yet.”
London Marathon organizers say world silver and bronze medalists Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia and Somali-born Belgian Bashir Abdi will line up on October 2 with defending champion Ethiopia. Sisay’s lemma.
Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second fastest marathoner of all time, will also take part in the competition.
Last year’s women’s runner-up Degitu Azimeraw of Ethiopia also withdrew. World record holder from Kenya Brigitte Kosgeidouble winner and defending champion Joyciline Jepkosgei lead the entry list.



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