August 19, 2008 / 10:16 AM / in 11 years

Athletics - I won't race if injury worsens - Baldini

File photo of Stefano Baldini of Italy in New York City November 5, 2006. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

BEIJING (Reuters) - Defending Olympic marathon champion Stefano Baldini said on Tuesday he might not be able to run in Sunday’s race if he suffers a setback in his recovery from a thigh problem.

The Italian was told to rest by doctors at the weekend after beginning to struggle with the minor injury.

“I’ve not run for three days and my morale is low. I will train four times and if I have a setback I won’t be able to race,” Baldini told reporters. “It would be a great disappointment.”

However, he also hinted he would run whatever.

“It will be my last appearance in national colours, the first was in 1991.”

The 37-year-old has struggled for fitness this year.

He finished 12th in the London Marathon and soon discovered he had a stress fracture of his left leg which put him out of action for almost a month.

However, Baldini got back to winning ways in July when he returned to London to triumph in the British 10-km run.

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