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A Bad Day For Americans In London

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 18, 2011
Not a good day in London for Americans. Mo Trafeh (left) dropped out, while Jason Lehmkuhle (right) was the only American in the top 50. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Not a good day in London for Americans. Mo Trafeh (left) dropped out, while Jason Lehmkuhle (right) was the only American in the top 50. Photo: PhotoRun.net

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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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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