Mo Farah has pulled out of England's Commonwealth Games squad.
Farah was due to run both the 5,000 and 10,000m in Delhi in October but admits that the exploits of this summer have taken their toll and he needs to take a rest.
The twenty seven year old won both 5,000 and 10,000m gold in Barcelona at the European Championships just weeks ago, making up for just being piped to 5,000 gold four years ago, as Great Britain swept to an impressive medal haul in track and field.
Since his medal success he became the first British athlete to run under thirteen minutes for the 5,000m when he ran at a Diamond League meeting in Zurich.
And after all of this success Farah admits that it is time to listen to his body.
Speaking to the BBC he said: "My body is telling me it is time to take a break.
"I had a great 2010 season and my body is telling me that it is time to take a break from training and racing. I have been competing since the start of the year at cross-country, road and track and feel that I need a few weeks off now to let my body recover so that I can start winter training fit and healthy.
"Over the past few weeks I have been getting a few niggles, nothing serious but enough to tell me to ease back. I was looking forward to the Commonwealth Games in Delhi but after the success I had this year I am happy to call it a season.
"I look forward to the 2011 World Championships in Daegu and the 2012 Olympic Games in my home city of London. I came close to getting a medal in the past two World Championships and hope that I can continue to improve over the next few years."
And Farah is not the only British athlete who has chosen to miss the Commonwealth Games as Jenny Meadows, Jessica Enis, Martyn Rooney and Michael Rimmer have all decided to focus on their winter preparation and the World championships next summer.
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