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Deena Kastor breaks foot in marathon

Posted by Shira Springer, Globe Staff  August 17, 2008 08:13 AM

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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.”

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1 comments so far...
  1. I was ewatching you on the television and felt soooooo bad when you stopped. It was obvious that you had a foot problems when they showed you trying to walk.
    I sure hope you get well soon and thanks for the effort.
    Your hard work and effort are a testement to others that if one trys that is more important then the win.

    Posted by Mary Ellen Lepak August 17, 08 07:39 PM
 

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