John Hancock, the official sponsor of the Boston Marathon, announced today that three elite women originally slated to run the 122nd annual Boston Marathon have dropped out of the race due to injury. Sara Hall (United States), Eunice Kirwa (Bahrain) and Jessica Augusto (Portugal) were all included on the Boston Athletic Association’s list of international elite athletes that was released to the public earlier this year on January 11 but will no longer be racing.
“Incredibly sad to not be toeing the line on Patriot’s Day despite pouring my heart and soul into this buildup,” Hall tweeted this afternoon in response to the announcement. “Boston, I’ll be back for you.”
All athletes listed on the current Top Contender list are expected to race on April 16, though the competition could shift in the coming days if other athletes sustain injuries or decide against racing for other reasons.
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