Tergat forfeits London

Tergat forfeits London Marathon
By Reuters

19/04/2006 at 14:45Updated

The long-awaited battle between record holder Paul Tergat and Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie will not occur in the London Marathon on Sunday after Tergat injured himself while training at home in Kenya. The 36 year-old told reporters on Wednesday he had sus

"I was to fly here on Wednesday but this problem came on Monday. I trained all day without any problem I went to sleep and woke up in pain.

"I flew from Kenya to Italy to try and get some treatment," he said. "I tried everything I could to try and compete here.

"I am really disappointed I can't compete here. I have worked so hard for this race."

Tergat won the world cross country long course title five times in a row and finished second to Ethiopian rival Haile Gebrselassie over 10,000 metres at two Olympic Games and two world championships.

He finished second in his marathon debut in the 2001 London race before setting his world record of two hours four minutes 55 seconds in the 2003 Berlin marathon.