American Ryan Hall will not participate in the 2013 Boston Marathon, race sponsor John Hancock Financial announced Wednesday.
According to a press release, “Hall missed crucial training due to a quadriceps strain.” Hall’s 2:04.58 time in 2011 was the fastest Boston Marathon run by an American.
Hall expressed disappointment on Twitter. He tweeted, “Heart breaking to have to pull out of Boston. Want to thank all my sponsors and supporters for sticking by me through it all.”
Other previously announced elite male runners who also have canceled because of injury include Moses Mosop, Shami Dawit, Eric Gillis, and Lucas Rotich. Two elite women also dropped out because of “lack of fitness” – Asefelech Mergia Medessa and Karolina Jarzynska.
Three runners were added to the elite field: Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene, Lelisa Desisa Benti, and Laban Korir.