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USA's Hasay pulls out of Boston Marathon

16 April 2018, 03:23 | Sandy Nunez

USA's Hasay pulls out of Boston Marathon

First US woman to win Boston Marathon in 33 years is 'on cloud nine'

At 2:49 p.m., the moment the first bomb exploded, the city observed a moment of silence and the bell rang at the Old South Church.

Security is tight for Monday's 122nd running of the iconic race.

"It is with deep regret that I have to withdraw from tomorrow's Boston Marathon", she said in a statement through race management.

According to a statement from Boston Marathon officials that was included in Hasay's tweet, an MRI conducted Sunday showed a stress reaction in the heel of her foot.

Hasay's late withdrawal from Boston is a bummer, as she was one of the favorites to end the American women's 33-year title drought.

Later that year, the former University of OR star followed with a third-place finish at the Chicago Marathon, with an improved time of 2:20:57. She was also second to Rose Chelimo in the World Track and Field Championships marathon and fourth in NY.

USA's Hasay pulls out of Boston Marathon

The question will be how much longer Kiplagat, now 38, can maintain her winning form.

Kiplagat, 37, pulled away with more than five miles remaining a year ago to win at Boston in 2:21:52.

More recently Rupp has become only the second USA runner to break the hour mark for the half-marathon.

Kirui also won the world marathon crown with Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola second and boasting a 2:04:06 clocking from Dubai in January, where he was third.Ethiopians Lelisa Desisa, the 2013 and 2015 Boston champion, and Lemi Berhanu, the 2016 Boston victor, could also threaten for the title.

The field includes two other estimable Ethiopian past winners - Lemi Berhanu, who took the title two years ago, and Lelisa Desisa, who won in 2013 and 2015, making a widely acclaimed gesture after the first victory when he returned his medal to the city to honour those killed and injured in the bombings that disfigured the later stages of that race.

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