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23 elites dropped out of Boston Marathon

Extreme cold, strong headwinds and torrential rain lead 23 elite marathoners to bail on the race

Twenty-three elite runners failed to finish the Boston marathon today, including former champions Lemi Berhanu (2016), Lelisa Desisa (2013 and 2015) and Caroline Rotich (2015).

The marathon saw some of the worst conditions in race history, including periods of driving rain, as well as fierce headwinds. 

Some of the elites who dropped out, including Ethiopian Mamitu Daska and Kenyan Felix Kandie, were running well early in the race. Daska had a commanding lead for much of the women’s race, and Kandie was one of several men (including Yuki Kawauchi, who went on to win) who alternated between running ahead and falling back in the early stages. Kenyan Gladys Chesir was also briefly in the lead before being overtaken by Des Linden, who ultimately won.

Canada’s Eric Gillis was also among those who did not finish.

American Galen Rupp, who placed in second in 2017, is also on the list of elites who did not finish. So are Philemon Rono, two-time winner of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (in 2016 and 2017), and veteran American runner Deena Kastor..