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Athletics: Collapse led Mo Farah to miss Commonwealth Games

Published on Aug 12, 2014 5:23 AM
British runner Mo Farah is euphoric after winning the 5,000m from Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel on August 11, 2012 to capture the gold medal at the London Olympic Games. He missed the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after collapsing and knocking himself out on a bathroom floor and spending four days in hospital. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

ZURICH (AFP) - Mo Farah, the reigning world and Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion, missed the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because he collapsed and knocked himself out on a bathroom floor and spent four days in hospital.

The 31-year-old British runner explained the full reason for his absence from Glasgow after arriving in Zurich for the European Athletics Championships, where he will contest the 10,000m on Wednesday and the 5,000m on Friday.

He had originally withdrawn from the England team for the Commonwealth Games citing a lack of fitness after suffering from illness in the wake of his disappointing eighth-placed finish on his marathon debut in London in April.

"I basically had a tooth taken out because it was chipped and it got infected," said Farah, in an interview with BBC television.

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