Commonwealth Games 2014: The biggest names who WON'T be at Glasgow 2014

Mo Farah's withdrawal sees him join a growing list of major absentees

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Mo Farah’s announcement that he will miss the Commonwealth Games has seen the double-Olympic champion join a growing list of high-profile names that will miss Glasgow 2014 through either injury, interest elsewhere or in one case, pregnancy.

Farah had been struggling with an abdominal injury that required him to be admitted to hospital in the United States, and while his recovery had been thought to be on course for him to compete in the 5,000m and 10,000m races in Glasgow, he was forced to pull out on Thursday morning – just hours after the Opening Ceremony opened the Games.

The 31-year-old will instead focus his attempts on defending his 5,000m European Championship gold in Zurich next month, while also challenge for the 10,000m crown. Having been part or the famed ‘Super Saturday’ when Team GB clinched three gold medals in the athletics at the London 2012 Olympics, Farah will now join Jessica Ennis-Hill on the sidelines.

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Ennis-Hill gave birth to her first child – a son named Reggie – earlier this week, and had announced earlier this year that she would not participate as a result. Her compatriot and rival Katarina Johnson-Thompson was ruled out just this week after injuring her foot, meaning there is a wealth of British talent that will not be heading north of the border to compete for the next 11 days.

Here, we look at the high-profile names who will not be at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.


While the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt will be competing, he failed to show up to the Opening Ceremony due to his training restrictions, and will only run in the 4x100m men’s relay for Jamaica after electing not to compete in the 100m or 200m that he holds the world record in.

Additional reporting by PA