After setting a new British record, Mo Farah announces he will not be racing in the European Athletics Championships

After setting a new British marathon record at the London Marathon last weekend, Farah has announced he won’t be taking part in the marathon at August’s European Athletics Championships in Berlin.

Related: Farah breaks the British record at London Marathon 2018 

The four-time Olympic track champion qualified for the race following his performance last Sunday, but has today announced he won’t be taking on the challenge. Scotland’s Callum Hawkins, who collapsed at the Commonwealth Games marathon on the Gold Coast earlier this month, has also declined the invitation.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: “Several men fulfilled the qualifying standard and it was the intention of the selection panel to have representation in Berlin. However, personal preference or injury means no places were accepted.”

Several British female runners will be racing in Berlin in August, including Lily Partridge, who was the fastest British female in the London Marathon, finishing in 2:29:24. Alongside Partridge, Tracy Barlow, Sonia Samuels and Alyson Dixon will also compete.

The European Athletics Championships will take place in Berlin from 7-12 August 2018.