Originally appeared on Boston.com
By Matt Pepin, Boston.com Sports
American Ryan Hall will not participate in the 2013 Boston Marathon, race sponsor John Hancock Financial announced on Wednesday.According to a press release, “Hall missed crucial training due to a quadriceps strain.” Hall holds the American record at the Boston Marathon, a 2:04.58 in 2011.
Hall has been hampered by injuries in the last year. He dropped out of the Olympic marathon in London because of a hamstring strain and did not compete in the New York City Marathon in November because of a quad strain. He did not run in the Boston Marathon last year because he was training for the Olympics.
Other previously announced elite male runners who have also cancelled because of injury include Moses Mosop, Shami Dawit, Eric Gillis, and Lucas Rotich. Two elite women also dropped out due to “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.