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World marathon record holder Patrick Makau has withdrawn from September 29 race due to an inflamed knee.
Makau who set the world record of 2:03.38 in the German capital in 2011, also missed the race last year and had indicated he would try to lower his mark this time, was advised by his doctor to avoid any further strain on his injured left knee.
“I wanted to complete and I remained highly focused and positive, but after discussing my options with my management team, I’ve realized that I can’t race unless I am healthy and prepared to perform at my very best,” said Makau through a statement released by his agent Zane Branson, equally disappointed as he had tipped him to attack his record in Berlin a race that will also feature the second fastest man over the distance Kenyan Wilson Kipsang.
“Over the past several months the quality of Patrick’s training was at high levels and my impressions while in Kenya during month of July left me believing that something really special would likely happen in Berlin on 29 September, especially as Patrick’s relaxed and positive attitude with regards to his training had me truly optimistic,”he noted.
The Kenyan who was controversially left out of the Kenyan marathon team to last years’ Olympics has struggled for form and was a surprise withdrawal at the London marathon in April dropping out barely half way through the race.
– Sports News Arena.