Farah withdraws from trials

23 June 2012 / 13:09

British athletics fans suffered more disappointment with the news that world champion Mo Farah has withdrawn from the Olympic trials in Birmingham.

Farah did run the heats of the 1500m on Friday as he worked on his finishing speed, duly qualifying with ease for the final.

The 29-year-old pulled out on Saturday morning after deciding with his coach Alberto Salazar to focus on defending his European 5,000m title in Helsinki next week.

Farah's withdrawal came less than 24 hours after news that former world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu would not compete at all in Birmingham.

Idowu, whose picture is plastered all over the Alexander Stadium, has not competed since suffering an injury while competing in Oregon on June 2. He will spend his time instead at the Hackney Weekend event in his native London, posting a picture of himself on Twitter on Friday holding a handful of tickets.

World indoor triple jump champion Yamile Aldama, world 1500m silver medallist Hannah England, triple jumper Nathan Douglas and 800m runner Jenny Meadows are also absent through injury, but Jessica Ennis is scheduled to compete in four individual events as she prepares to battle for heptathlon gold in London.