All the pre-race favorites dropped out except for one.
It wasn’t the best day for American distance runners last weekend’s Virgin London Marathon. There was only one American in the top 50: Team USA Minnesota’s Jason Lehmkuhle.
The other top-seeded Americans (Stephan Shay, Mo Trafeh and Patrick Smyth), all runners completing their debut in the distance, dropped out of the race before the finish.
Lehmkuhle clocked 2:13:40 in the race, which was over a minute slower than his PR. “It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t what I had in mind,” he said afterwards.
The Moroccan-born Trafeh tried to run with the lead pack, but dropped out around the half-marathon point. Smyth had tried a more conservative approach,running a minute behind the leaders, but, like Trafeh, he eventually stepped off the course.
Stephan Shay, the younger brother of deceased long-distance star Ryan Shay, mentioned that he tried to stay relaxed in the race, but there was “no way I [could] start up again. It was a learning experience.”
The only American elite woman in the field, Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, failed to meet her goal to PR in London and ended up placing 23rd in 2:31:22.
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