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Degitu Azimeraw out of London Marathon after testing positive for COVID-19

Azimeraw was hoping to challenge world record holder Brigid Kosgei in the women's elite-only race in London

Ethiopian long-distance runner Degitu Azimeraw has cannot contest in the London Marathon after testing positive for Covid-19.

The 21-year-old and her coach Haji Adillo Roba have decided to stay in Ethiopia after both contracted the disease.

This was confirmed by race director Hugh Brasher ahead of this weekend’s much-anticipated London Marathon.

Azimeraw will, therefore, not be able to compete for another medal, having previously won the Amsterdam marathon.

Fellow Ethiopian runners Shura Kitata and Alemu Megertu have, however, been cleared to partake in the race.

The pair is also coached by Adillo, but had no recent contacts with him and tested negative after taking COVID-19 tests.

The 40th London Marathon is slated for Sunday, having been delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK.

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