Hounslow hero Mo Farah has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Games were officially opened by the Queen in Scotland last night.
Farah, who moved to Hounslow when he was eight as Somalia became embroiled in civil war, was not in attendance.
Despite making good progress in his recovery from a recent illness, the double Olympic champion has taken the decision to remain at his training base in Font Romeu to return to full fitness in time for the European Championships in Zurich.
Farah said: “I have taken the tough decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games. The sickness I had two weeks ago was a big setback for me. Training is getting better here in Font Romeu but I need another few weeks to get back to the level I was at in 2012 and 2013.
“I really wanted to add the Commonwealth titles to my Olympic and World Championships but the event is coming a few weeks too soon for me as my body is telling me it's not ready to race yet. Best wishes to my fellow athletes in Glasgow.”
Farah had been due to run in the 5,000m and 10,000m races in Glasgow.
Team England Chef de Mission Jan Paterson added: "It is a real blow for any athlete to miss out on a major championships through injury, but to have fought so hard to regain full fitness and to have to take such a difficult decision at this stage is particularly hard. We wish Mo all the very best and hope to see him back to his peak very soon."
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