Baldini will skip race

ROME - Stefano Baldini has decided to skip the marathon at the world championships to concentrate on defending his Olympic title in Beijing next year.

ROME - Stefano Baldini has decided to skip the marathon at the world championships to concentrate on defending his Olympic title in Beijing next year.

Baldini said his form hasn't improved since he withdrew from the London Marathon in April after 28 kilometres.

"This is the wisest decision I could take," Baldini was quoted as saying on the Italian athletics federation website yesterday.

"I want to go to Beijing in my best form." - Sapa-AP

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