World Marathon champion, Tamirat Tola has withdrawn from the London Marathon that will be held on October 02, 2022 in London.
Tola has not fully recovered from his victory in Oregon where he set a new championship record of 2:05.36 and went one better than the silver medal he won at the 2017 World Championships in London.
“It is with great regret that I am unable to run this year’s London Marathon. Unfortunately, since the World Championships I have had problems with muscle fatigue and have not yet been able to resume training,” said Tola.
The 31 year-old is unable to run at this year’s London Marathon, but the silver and bronze medallists from the 2022 World Championships, Mosinet Geremew from Ethiopia and Belgium’s Bashir Abdi will still be on the Start Line along with home favorite Sir Mo Farah, defending champion Sisay Lemm and Kenenisa Bekele both from Ethiopia.
Japanese marathon record holder Kengo Suzuki has been added to the Start List as the replacement for Tola. Suzuki set his national record of 2:04:56 in Otsu, Japan, last February. He placed fourth at both this year’s Tokyo Marathon and last year’s Boston Marathon.