Boston is strong five years after Boston Marathon bombing

Sarah Sellers right shocked the field to claim a second place finish at the Boston Marathon

Sarah Sellers right shocked the field to claim a second place finish at the Boston Marathon

There also will be huge interest in the performance of an American 10 years Flanagan's junior - Jordan Hasey, who ran her first marathon in Boston last year, finishing third in 2 hours 23min 00sec, the fastest debut by an American woman by nearly three minutes.

"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", the 26-year-old said.

Police say they are ready for tomorrow's race.

The 26-year-old's build-up to the Beantown race was not flawless as she withdrew from the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships with a sore foot, though she told us at the press conference that her foot was "doing great" and feeling "100 percent".

Huddle has been a success at shorter distances, although her only marathon result was a third-place finish at NY in 2016.Flanagan, 36, missed last year's race with an injury but won at NY with extra rest.


In Hasay's own statement, she expressed regret for withdrawing.

Lisa Larsen Weidenbach was the last U.S. woman to win this race, in 1985, but a group of highly talented home runners may find the way to amend that record against an global field whose most obvious contender is Kenya's defending champion Edna Kiplagat.

Can Kenya's 38-year-old Edna Kiplagat, pictured en route to world marathon silver last year, retain her Boston Marathon title against strong America opposition? The results showed a stress reaction in the heel and her doctor and team have made the decision that Jordan needs to take time to recover fully so there is no long term injury.

The 26-year-old's build-up to the Beantown race was not ideal as she withdrew from the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships with a sore foot, though she told us at the press conference that her foot was "doing great" and feeling "100 percent".

Kirui also won the world marathon crown with Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola second and boasting a 2:04:06 clocking from Dubai in January, where he was third.Ethiopians Lelisa Desisa, the 2013 and 2015 Boston champion, and Lemi Berhanu, the 2016 Boston victor, could also threaten for the title.

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