Sir Mo Farah pulls out of London Marathon with hip injury
Via London Marathon Organizers
September 28, 2022
Sir Mo Farah has withdrawn from the 2022 TCS London Marathon, taking place on Sunday 2 October.
The four-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion had been training well and won The Big Half in London earlier this month (4 September), but recently was hit with a hip injury and, despite intensive treatment, is not fit to compete on Sunday.
Sir Mo said: “I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance at the TCS London Marathon. However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the Start Line but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.
“It’s really disappointing to have to withdraw after a good last few months and after my win at The Big Half but also because I love racing in front of my home crowd in London who always give all of us athletes such amazing support.
“I wish everyone taking part on Sunday a good run and I hope to be back out there with you in April 2023.”
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the TCS London Marathon, said: “We are so sorry that Sir Mo is not fit to run on Sunday. We wish him a very speedy recovery and hope to see him running the 2023 TCS London Marathon in April next year.”
Quick Take By LetsRun.com: Farah’s return to the marathon is delayed until he’s 40
The good news for Farah is that he doesn’t have to wait too long to return to London as the 2023 edition is less than six months away – April 23, 2023. The bad news is Farah isn’t getting any younger. He’ll be 40 years and 1 month old when he returns to the marathon in London.
Farah last raced at 26.2 in 2019. It’s not like he was terrible then – he ran 2:05:39 in London that year, but that only placed him 5th. In Chicago, he ran 2:09:58 and 8th. But he was nowhere near being competitive for the win so he tried to return to the track. However, his track times weren’t good so he’s now back on the roads.
And 3.5 years is a lot when you are in your later 30s/early 40s. The body can lose it quickly. To expect Farah to compete for the win at age 40 is unrealistic. A masters WR would be an incredible goal to shoot for (2:06:25 Ayad Lamdassem).
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