The three-time Olympic champion Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele has withdrawn from the London marathon.
One of the pre-race favourites Kenenisa Bekele has withdrawn from Sunday’s, October 4th marathon with a calf injury.
The three-time Olympic champion, who was expected to be Eliud Kipchoge’s biggest threat as he seeks an unprecedented fifth London marathon title, suffered the injury in training.
“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,” said Bekele.
The Ethiopian missed Kipchoge’s world record by two seconds when he won in Berlin in 2019 in two hours one minute 41 seconds.
Bekele, second at the 2017 edition and third in 2016, was hopeful that he would recover from the injury he picked up while training with his teammates in Addis Ababa, in late September.
“I am feeling well and happy to be back in London to run for my fifth title,” he said at Wednesday’s press conference.
” I think the race will be a really fruitful one for us on Sunday and a fast race.”