Scottish 800m runner Man Learmonth has given up on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics due to a respiratory downside after revealing he contracted Covid-19 in March.
The 29-year-old was as a consequence of compete on the British Championships, which double as Olympic trials, this weekend.
However he’s now taking day out after belatedly in search of medical assist.
Learmonth says lacking a possible Olympics debut is the “hardest and most brutal determination of my life”.
“I did not need to admit something was unsuitable,” he added on Instagram.
“I used to be one in every of many who obtained Covid on the Euro Champs in March and after initially getting by way of it, I simply cracked on with coaching virtually instantly, raced loads throughout America and Europe and put a lot stress and pressure on my physique with out the correct restoration.
“I used to be reluctant to just accept that Covid had something to do with it however because the races went on and my performances began going backwards, I knew deep down one thing was unsuitable with my physique.
“I lastly took the plunge and after a sequence of checks and respiratory scans this week we have gotten to the underside of issues immediately.
“The worst factor of all is it’s a comparatively fast restoration course of and if I simply admitted that one thing was unsuitable then I’d have had this sorted in March and never two days earlier than the Olympic trials. My very own hubris obtained the higher of me.”
Learmonth competed on the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Video games, however missed out on attainable choice for the Olympics in Rio 5 years in the past due to damage.
He secured a 3rd British indoor title with victory in Glasgow in February final yr.
“It is a bitter tablet to swallow,” he mentioned. “These final 18 months I’ve genuinely modified my total life to gear for Tokyo and to combat for my place however I will not be capable to make that stroll this time round.
“It has been the toughest and most brutal determination of my life. However I might be taking a small step again to give attention to my restoration, some rehab and all going properly over the following 4 weeks I hope to be again racing in direction of the top of the season in August/September time.”