‘I truly believed I would be ready’: Kenenisa Bekele – the second fastest marathon runner in history – reveals heartbreak after pulling out from this weekend’s London Marathon due to a calf injury
- Kenenisa Bekele has been forced to withdraw from this year’s London Marathon
- The Ethiopian star was due to race again but has suffered an ill-timed calf injury
- Bekele has admitted disappointment with the setback after strenuous training
- The injury means there will be no showdown between Bekele and Eliud Kipchoge
Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second fastest marathon runner in history, has withdrawn from this Sunday’s London Marathon.
Bekele, who was due to race for the first time since he clocked 2hrs 01:41 to win the 2019 Berlin Marathon, has suffered a calf injury.
It means there will be no showdown with Kenya’s four-time winner and world-record holder Eliud Kipchoge.
Kenenisa Bekele has withdrawn from this weekend’s London Marathon due to a calf injury
Bekele said: ‘I am very disappointed that I cannot race on Sunday.
‘It has been a tough preparation time with lockdown when I couldn’t have my team around me. I was in good shape but then I picked up a niggle in my left calf after two fast training sessions too close together in the last weeks of preparation.
‘I have been having treatment every day since then and I truly believed I would be ready but today it is worse and I now know I cannot race on it.
‘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.
‘I know many people around the world have been looking forward to this race and I am sorry to disappoint my fans, the organisers and my fellow competitors. I will take time to recover and become fit again and I hope to be back in London next year.’
Bekele is the second fastest marathon runner in history but had injured himself during training