Boston Marathon

World record-holder withdraws from 2017 Boston Marathon

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 28: First place winner and new world record holder Dennis Kimetto of Kenya poses on the podium after the 41th BMW Berlin Marathon on September 28, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Dennis Kimetto set the world record in the marathon in September of 2014.

Dennis Kimetto, the marathon world record holder, was forced to withdraw from the 2017 Boston Marathon because of an injury, organizers announced Friday.

Kimetto fell on his knee while training for Boston and will not be recovered in time for the April 17 race.

Kimetto, of Kenya, set the world record in 2014 at the Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:02:57.

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The 2017 men’s elite field features three former winners – Meb Keflezighi (2014), Wesley Korir (2012), and reigning champ Lemi Berhanu Hayle – and six runners who have a personal marathon best below 2 hours, five minutes.

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