The fastest American marathoner of all time has a quad injury.
It as announced today that Ryan Hall, fourth at the 2011 Boston Marathon in 2:04:58, the fastest marathon time ever run by an American, has withdrawn from this year’s race due to a quadriceps strain.
Moses Mosop, who ran 2:03:06 at his debut marathon in Boston in 2011 has pulled out of the race with a calf injury.
Additions to the elite field include Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene, Lelisa Desisa Benti, and Laban Korir. Beyene set a course record in Paris last year before finishing runner-up in Berlin in a personal best 2:21:19. This past January, she won the Dubai Marathon and has finished on the podium in ten career marathons. Desisa Benti made his marathon debut in Dubai this year and won the race in 2:04:45. Korir was runner-up in Amsterdam in 2011, finishing in 2:06:05. He was sixth at last year’s Boston Marathon.
Cancellations in the women’s field include Asefelech Mergia Medessa and Karolina Jarzynska due to lack of fitness.