Abdirahman Withdraws From Boston Marathon With The Flu

A case of the flu has knocked American Abdi Abdirahman out of the Boston Marathon less than a week before the race. Photo: Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly

Four-time U.S. Olympian is the fourth elite runner to withdraw from the race.

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Organizers of next Monday’s Boston Marathon announced this morning that four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman had withdrawn from the race due to the flu. This now leaves only two of the six 2012 U.S. Olympic marathoners — Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher — that were originally signed added to the field left.

The others withdrew from the race as follows:

Dec. 28, 2012: Desi Davila withdraws due to a “slow-healing femoral stress fracture of the right leg.”

March 13, 2013: Ryan Hall withdraws because he “missed crucial training due to a quadriceps strain.”

April 5, 2013: Meb Keflezighi pulls out due to “a persistent calf injury.”

April 10, 2013: Abdi Abdirahman drops out due to the flu

Organizers also said that Ukraine’s Tetiana Gamera-Shmyrko had also withdrawn because of an illness.

The revised race field is as follows, provided by John Hancock Financial — which manages and funds the race’s elite field:

Lelisa Desisa, 2:04:45 personal best (Dubai, 2013), Ethiopia
Gebre Gebremariam, 2:04:53 (Boston, 2011), Ethiopia
Markos Geneti, 2:04:54 (Dubai, 2012), Ethiopia
Levy Matebo, 2:05:16 (Frankfurt, 2011), Kenya
Dickson Chumba, 2:05:46 (Eindhoven, 2012), Kenya *
Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, 2:05:52 (Boston, 2010), Kenya
Wesley Korir, 2:06:13 (Chicago, 2012), Kenya
Raji Assefa, 2:06:24 (Paris, 2012), Ethiopia
Deriba Merga, 2:06:38 (London, 2006), Ethiopia
Jeffrey Hunt, 2:11:00 (Beppu, 2010), Australia
Jason Hartmann, 2:11:06 (Chicago, 2010), U.S.
Fernando Cabada, 2:11:53 (Houston, 2012), U.S.
Robin Watson, 2:13:37 (Rotterdam, 2012), Canada
Micah Kogo, Kenya

Meseret Hailu Debele, 2:21:09 (Amsterdam, 2012), Ethiopia *
Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene, 2:21:19 (Berlin, 2012), Ethiopia
Mamitu Daska, 2:21:59 (Frankfurt, 2011), Ethiopia
Rita Jeptoo, 2:22:04 (Chicago, 2012), Kenya
Sharon Cherop, 2:22:39 (Dubai, 2012), Kenya
Madai Pérez, 2:22:59 (Chicago, 2006), Mexico **
Alemitu Abera Begna, 2:23:14 (Houston, 2012), Ethiopia *
Kara Goucher, 2:24:52 (Boston, 2011), U.S.
Shalane Flanagan, 2:25:38 (US Olympic Trials Houston, 2012), U.S. *
Ana Dulce Félix, 2:25:40 (NYC, 2011), Portugal
Yolanda Caballero, 2:26:17 (Boston, 2011), Colombia
Sabrina Mockenhaupt, 2:26:21 (Berlin, 2010), Germany
Diana Chepkemoi Sigei, 2:26:53 (Dubai, 2011), Kenya
Serena Burla, 2:28:27 (Seoul, 2012), U.S.
Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce, 2:29:35 (Houston, 2011), U.S.
René Kalmer, 2:29:50 (Yokohama, 2011), South Africa
Diane Nukuri-Johnson, 2:30:13 (London, 2012), Burundi **
Alissa McKaig, 2:31:56 (Houston, 2012), U.S.

* – Denotes course record
** – Denotes national record


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