In a statement released earlier today, Dathan Ritzenhein was one of three elite distance runners to announce their withdrawal from the upcoming Boston Marathon.
Ritzenhein, a three-time Olympian, elaborated on his reason later in the day, revealing that a sports hernia has been impeding his ability to train:
“I have too much respect for the event to try to make something happen when I know it wouldn’t go well. It’s one thing to rush back for a 5,000 or a 10,000. In a marathon you really have to put in the work.
“I felt this sharp pain. It took a little bit to get it narrowed down and figure out what it was. It was finally diagnosed as a sports hernia.”
Also announcing their withdrawals from the prestigious race were Moses Mosop and Jeffrey Hunt. Additions to the elite field include Abdi Abdirahman, Mathew Bowen, and U.S. record-holder Ryan Hall.
[Source: Oregon Live]
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