Tirunesh Dibaba withdraws from 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon
Ethiopiaâ€™s Tirunesh Dibaba has withdrawn from the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon for personal reasons.
The three-time Olympic champion and current 5,000m world record holder was second in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon when she set a personal best (PB) of 2:17:56, making her the fifth fastest female marathon runner in history.
Dibaba, 33, is one of a handful of notable changes to the fields for the elite men and elite women races since they were first released at the end of January.
USAâ€™s Allie Kiefer, who was seventh at last Novemberâ€™s TCS New York City Marathon, has withdrawn as has Denmarkâ€™s Anna Holm Jorgensen â€“ the daughter of Henrik Jorgensen, the 1988 London Marathon champion who died earlier this year.
Swiss pair Maude Mathys and Martina Strahl have both also pulled out, as has Irelandâ€™s Emma Mitchell and the British duo Eleanor Davis and Laura Graham.
In the elite menâ€™s race, North American pair Chris Derrick (USA) and Cam Levins (CAN) are the biggest name withdrawals while Mikael Ekvall (SWE) and Matt Sharp (GBR) are both also no longer running.