American Meb Keflezighi has withdrawn from the Boston Marathon, race sponsor John Hancock Financial Services announced Friday.
Keflezighi, who was third in the 2006 Boston Marathon and fifth in 2010, has a calf injury.
"Despite my best efforts, a nagging injury to my calf has not healed sufficiently, so I have to withdraw from the Boston Marathon," Keflezighi said via a John Hancock Financial press release. "I'm very disappointed. My training was going well in January and February, which had me very excited about the possibilities this spring. I even skipped the NYC Half Marathon to focus on getting healthy for Boston, but unfortunately, it wasnąt enough. I ran out of time to recover enough to compete for a victory at the Boston Marathon. Nevertheless, I will still be coming to Boston to attend events for John Hancock and look forward to supporting the most prestigious marathon in the world."
Keflezighi won the 2009 New York City Marathon and was the silver medalist in the 2004 Olympic marathon in Athens.
Laban Korir of Kenya has also withdrawn because of an injury. The 2013 Boston Marathon is on April 15.
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 15-time Boston qualifier who's completed 11 consecutive Boston Marathons and 23 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 12th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes