Why Kosgei dropped out of London
World record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya has withdrawn from the 2022 London Marathon.
Kosgei, the two-time London Marathon champion, has been struggling with a minor hamstring injury that has interrupted her preparations for this year’s race, which takes place on Sunday.
After consultations with her coach and management team, Kosgei has now decided to withdraw from the London Marathon to avoid making the injury worse.
Kosgei said: “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 Sunday 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 won the London Marathon in 2019 and 2020. She was fourth last year after winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games. In 2019 she set the women’s world record of 2:14:04 at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This year, she won the Tokyo Marathon in 2:16:02, the fourth-fastest time in history. Sunday’s London Marathon elite women’s race will still feature a world-class field, headed by reigning champion Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) and Yalemzerf Yehualaw (ETH), the fastest marathon debutant.