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NBC Chicago announced yesterday that serious Chicago Marathon contender Jordan Hasay will no longer compete on October 7.
Whispers of Hasay’s potential withdrawal have been swirling through the running community for weeks, but after Hasay’s last-minute withdrawal from the Boston Marathon earlier this year, few thought those rumors about Chicago would prove true. Hasay raced the 2017 Boston Marathon in 2:23:00, the fastest American woman marathon debut in history and a PR she improved just six months later at the 2017 Chicago Marathon, where she placed third in the professional women’s field with a time of 2:20:57. Hasay was considered one of the top contenders for the 2018 Boston Marathon before withdrawing the evening before Marathon Monday, citing a plantar fasciitis injury that hadn’t fully healed.
One month later, Hasay announced her plans to return to the World Marathon Majors with a repeat appearance on the Chicago Marathon route—but this time, she wanted to win. “My goal is to target a fast time and contend for the win,” Hasay said in an official press release in mid-May. Her intention to strive for the top of the podium remained steadfast in interviews conducted throughout the summer.
Hasay’s reason for dropping out of Chicago is also due to injury, though the exact nature of that injury has not yet been confirmed. With Hasay out, the top contenders in the American women’s field are expected to be Amy Cragg, Laura Thweatt, Sarah Crouch and former Olympic triathlete Gwen Jorgensen, each of whom will face strong contention from 2017 runner-up Brigid Kosgei (KEN), 2018 Dubai Marathon winner Roza Dereje (ETH) and Alexi Pappas (GRE), who will be debuting at the marathon distance in Chicago.