Davila Recalls Tough Olympic Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 6, 2012
  • Updated Aug. 6, 2012 at 6:00 AM UTC
Desiree Davila, shown here competing at the world championships in 2009, is battling a hip injury. Photo:

Despite the DNF, she still calls herself an Olympian.

Sunday’s Olympic Marathon in London was not kind to American Desiree Davila.

Heading into the race, the Hansons-Brooks athlete knew it was going to be a tough go.

She had been training through a right hip injury and hoped the fact that she was in the Olympic race would perhaps make the pain go away.

“Maybe I can catch some magic,” she thought.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Davila.

About 2.2 miles into the 26.2-mile event, she pulled off the course and quit the race.

“I’ve been training through pain, having ups and downs and highs and lows,” she said. “I do feel like you have to cross the [starting] line to be an Olympian, to have that title,” she recalled. “And I feel like I’ve earned that, the last month, especially. I put everything I had into getting here.”

After the race had concluded, Davila shared her feelings with the press.
“When it first happened” a month ago, she said of her hip, “I couldn’t put any weight on it at all.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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