Injured Lel, Cheruiyot Drop ING New York City Marathon

LONDON - APRIL 13:  Martin Lel of Kenya crosses the line to win the men's event during the 2008 Flora London Marathon on April 13, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot and Martin Lel, both of Kenya, will not compete in the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 7 due to injuries.

New York Road Runners announced yesterday that Lel, a two-time New York and three-time London marathon champion, has injured his right leg. Lel, 31, won the ING New York City Marathon in 2003 and 2007. Cheruiyot, a four-time Boston Marathon champion, is out due to a groin injury. Cheruiyot, 32, finished second in New York last year to Meb Keflezighi of the U.S.

Losing Lel and Cheruiyot will certainly thin the field of contenders, but the two marquee runners are still in the race; Keflezighi will return to defend his title against marathon world record-holder Haile Gebrsealssie of Ethiopia. Two-time New York marathon champion Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil, 2009 World Championships Marathon gold medalist Abel Kirui of Kenya, and World Championships Half-Marathon bronze medalist Dathan Ritzenhein of the U.S. will round out the elite men’s field.

Perhaps Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia will decide to race New York in a last attempt to steal the World Marathon Majors from Sammy Wanjiru, after placing second at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday. But Kebede’s hasn’t announced any plans to run New York so far.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


10 2010