BOSTON, NNC - United States (US) athlete Jordan Hasay, one of Boston Marathon's top contender for women's category in this year’s Boston Marathon has dropped out of the competition due to a heel injury, organizers said on Sunday (4/15/2018).
Hasay, who finished third in the 2017 Boston Marathon were advised by doctors and her team on Sunday that she needed more time to recover fully so there would be no risk of long-term injury, the marathoner said in a statement.
She has been free of pain in recent weeks but an MRI scan revealed a stress reaction.
"Despite my team working around the clock to give me every chance to make the starting line, on this occasion it will not be possible,” wrote the 26-year-old runner.
Hasay, along with the winner of 2017 New York City Marathon, Shalane Flanagan and fellow American runners Desiree Linden and Molly Huddle, are expected to challenge the defending Kenyan champion Edna Kiplagat to end the United States' 33-year wait to win its own race.
The first wave of runners in the 2018 Boston Marathon will start on Monday, April 16 at 08.40 am local time (19.40 Western Indonesia Time).