London Marathon: Olympic 10,000 metres champion Tirunesh Dibaba ruled out
Tirunesh Dibaba has been forced to pull out of this year's Virgin London Marathon due to injury.
Last Updated: 14/03/13 12:42pm
The Olympic 10,000 metres champion was due to make her debut over the distance on April 21, but has aggravated a previous shin problem during training.
"I have been in training for the London Marathon, but the increase in mileage has caused a flare up of my previous lower leg injury," the Ethiopian said.
"As a result, I won't be able to compete in this year's London Marathon but I look forward to making my marathon debut there next year."
Race director Hugh Brasher added: "Of course, it is disappointing to lose Tirunesh. She has been such a fantastic athlete on the track, and everyone was full of anticipation to see how well she performed in a marathon."
Dibaba was hoping to become the first Ethiopian woman to win the London Marathon since her cousin Derartu Tulu in 2001. Compatriot Tiki Gelana is still set to compete for the first time.