London Marathon champion and world record holder Brigid Kosgei WITHDRAWS from Sunday's race

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Two-time London Marathon champion and world record holder Brigid Kosgei WITHDRAWS from Sunday’s race after damaging hamstring… as Sir Mo Farah prepares for what could be the final elite-level event of his career

  • Brigid Kosgei has withdrawn from this year’s London Marathon through injury
  • The two-time champion has pulled out after recently damaging her hamstring
  • The 28-year-old won the event in 2019 and 2020 and was fancied this year too
  • Sir Mo Farah will compete in what could be the last elite-level event of his career 

The TCS London Marathon has suffered a blow after one of its leading contenders, the double champion Brigid Kosgei, was forced to withdraw injured ahead of Sunday’s race.

The world record holder, who won in the capital in 2019 and 2020 before taking Olympic silver last year, has pulled out with a damaged hamstring.

‘I have been struggling over the past month with an issue in the hamstring of my right leg,’ said the Kenyan, 28.

Brigid Kosgei is out of the London Marathon this weekend after picking up a hamstring injury

Brigid Kosgei is out of the London Marathon this weekend after picking up a hamstring injury

Kosgei won the race in 2019 and 2020 and was among the favourites for this year's event

Kosgei won the race in 2019 and 2020 and was among the favourites for this year’s event

‘My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition for the 2022 TCS London Marathon.

‘We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.’

Sir Mo Farah will contest the men’s race in what could be the final elite-level event of his career. 

Sources have confirmed to Sportsmail that the four-time Olympic champion has no further races on his current deal with the marathon organisers, which has previously included their 10k and Big Half events.

Sir Mo Farah will compete in the event, which could be the final elite-level event of his career

Sir Mo Farah will compete in the event, which could be the final elite-level event of his career

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