World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdraws from London Marathon with injury

Champion: Brigid Kosgei   (AFP via Getty Images)
Champion: Brigid Kosgei (AFP via Getty Images)

World record holder and two-time London Marathon champion Brigid Kosgei has withdrawn from Sunday’s race with a hamstring injury.

Kosgei, who won the Tokyo Marathon earlier this year and claimed a silver medal at last year’s Olympics, was among the favourites heading into the weekend event, as she aimed to add to his 2019 and 2020 triumphs in the capital.

A statement read: “I have been struggling over the past month with an issue in the hamstring of my right leg. 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."

Kosgei set a world record time of 2:14:04 in Chicago in 2019. She was upset in London last year when she finished fourth in a race won by her compatriot Joyciline Jepkosgei, who is set to headline the event this weekend.

Additional reporting by Reuters.