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The 2023 TCS London Marathon is set to take place on Sunday, but some elite runners are facing challenges leading up to the race. Eilish McColgan has announced that she will not be attending the Elite Women’s Press Conference due to a knee injury that she is receiving treatment for.

She is waiting to see how her knee responds to treatment before making a final decision on whether or not to race on Sunday.

On the other hand, Mo Farah has confirmed that the London Marathon will be his last career marathon, but not his last race. He expressed his emotions towards the race, saying, “It will be quite emotional. Maybe after the race, there will be tears. The support, the people coming out in London, I think that will get to me. But I will try not to think about it and run.”

Kenenisa Bekele has described his training as “good but not perfect” due to minor injuries earlier on in his training programme. However, he feels healthy and fit for the race.

Reigning London Marathon champion, Amos Kipruto, spoke out about the doping situation in Kenya, calling it “really embarrassing.” He hopes that the government can help solve the issue and prevent the younger generation from taking shortcuts like doping.

Meanwhile, Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor has declared that he is in his best shape ever and promises fireworks in London. He expressed his readiness for any weather conditions, pace, or tactics by his opponents.

British elite runners are confident that the race will not be disrupted by environmental protestors who have disrupted other high-profile British sporting events in recent weeks. Mo Farah and Emile Cairess both believe that the London Marathon raises too much money for charity to be disrupted by any protests.

Speaking of Cairess, he has expressed his goals after the London Marathon. He hopes to make the British 10,000m team for the World Athletics Championships in Budapest and participate in the Valencia Marathon in December. Cairess will be making his marathon debut on Sunday, having broken the European 10-mile record in the build-up with 45:57.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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