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Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah out of Commonwealth Games, citing illness

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Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah pulled out of the Commonwealth Games saying he has not fully recovered from an illness. 

Farah planned to run in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters and Team England said that he would stay at his training base in France. 

Farah won those same events at the 2012 London Olympics. 

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"I have taken the tough decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games," Farah said, via The Guardian. “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."

Team England said Farah is focusing on getting back to full health before the European Championships in Zurich next month.

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