American Ryan Hall, who has the American record for the best time at the Boston marathon with 2:04:58 (but the Boston course is ineligible for record purposes), will not participate in the 2013 Boston Marathon, race sponsor John Hancock Financial announced Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
According to a press release published on the Boston Globe, “Hall missed crucial training due to a quadriceps strain.” From RunnersWorld.com, Hall has been injured for much of the last year. He dropped out of the Olympic Marathon in August after about 10 miles with a hamstring strain. In September, he withdrew from November's New York City Marathon because of a quadriceps strain. Hall's last completed race was the Healthy Kidney 10-K last May, where he placed 15th in 30:15.
Hall tweeted from his twitter account, “Heart breaking to have to pull out of Boston. Want to thank all my sponsors and supporters for sticking by me through it all.”
Next month's race would have been Hall's fourth appearance at Boston. In 2009, he placed third in 2:09:40. In 2010, he placed fourth in 2:08:41. Hall was fourth again in 2011, when a strong tailwind assisted times.
Hall's withdrawal leaves Olympic marathoners Meb Keflezighi, Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, and Abdi Abdirahman still on the start list.
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