British distance runner Mo Farah has withdrawn from next month’s Big Half race due to an Achilles injury, organiser announced on Wednesday.
Farah, 36, has won the half-marathon event for the past two years and was due to take on a field featuring Ethiopia star Kenenisa Bekele on 1 March 2020.
However, the four-time Olympic gold medalist suffered minor injury in training during his preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic.
“Everyone knows how much I love racing in London, but my priority is to be fit, healthy and competitive for the summer season and for that reason, I have had to make the tough decision not to race this year.”
Farah will continue with his Olympic preparations in Africa after changing his mind about running the marathon in Tokyo to return to the track, having won double gold for the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres categories at the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics.
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