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Citing A Jinx, Geoffrey Mutai Out Of Worlds

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 5, 2011
  • Updated May. 5, 2011 at 11:05 AM UTC
Geoffrey Mutai is out of the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea this summer. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Geoffrey Mutai is out of the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea this summer. Photo: PhotoRun.net

He does not like running in Daegu.

The fastest marathoner of all time will not be competing in the world championships this summer in Daegu, South Korea. Geoffrey Mutai’s reason: he’s been jinxed in Daegu before. Mutai clocked a blazing 2:03:02 in last month’s Boston Marathon.

“I have ran in Daegu. Each time I was jinxed. I have therefore decided to give the event a miss,” he said.

Mutai is instead setting his sights on either the ING New York City Marathon or the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. ”I’m looking at running in Chicago or New York later in the year and I will be talking to the organizers very soon about my intentions to running in either of those events,” he admitted.

The Kenyan champion made this announcement as his country was assembling its world-championship roster. With Geoffrey Mutai out, other world-class runners like this year’s Virgin London Marathon champion, Emmanuel Mutai, and three-time London champion, Martin Lel, will most likely comprise the team.

For More: All Africa.com

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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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