Almost 12 hours after Deena Kastor dropped out of the women’s marathon, her manager Ray Flynn said x-rays confirmed she has a broken right foot. The American record holder and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist in the women’s marathon pulled up suddenly at the 5-kilometer mark when she felt a “pop” in the ball of her right foot and could no longer place any weight on it.
“My foot has been sore for the past week,” said Kastor. “I thought it was just tendons; they get hyper-sensitive leading up to the marathon. I was icing it this week. It didn’t affect how I was training. It was a bit sore when I woke up but had no effect on my running.
“[In the marathon], it was tight most of the way. I felt a pop in my foot. I couldn’t stand on it. I didn’t expect to be finishing the marathon in a bus. We prepare forever for the marathon, and we had a sound race plan. I was excited to get out, make my country proud and try to win another medal. As athletes, we have ups and downs. Unfortuantely, you can’t pick the days they come on.”