Canadian marathon record-holder Cam Levins announced on Tuesday evening that he is out for the 2019 London Marathon, due to an injury. Levins told Athletics Illustrated that he’s dealing with what he believes to be patellar tendinitis, which has prevented him from training properly since the New York Half-Marathon on March 17.
Levins was heading into London hoping to break his own Canadian record of 2:09:25 set in October 2018 at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. There he became the first Canadian to ever go under 2:10 for the marathon.
The London men’s and women’s fields are historically deep. The men’s race will feature world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge, half-marathon world record-holder Abraham Kiptum, Olympic gold medallist (in the 5,000m and 10,000m) Sir Mo Farah, and 2018 London Marathon second-place finisher Shura Kitata.
On the women’s side, American Allie Kieffer has also withdrawn from London, citing an injury. She wrote on Instagram last week that in the process of fixing a back injury, she developed several others. She’s currently dealing with three stress reactions in her second, third and fourth metatarsals, tendinopathy and a lisfranc sprain. The runner was scheduled to race Around the Bay this coming weekend in preparation for London.
The women’s race will feature women-only world record-holder Mary Keitany, American half-marathon record holder Molly Huddle, 2018 Chicago champion Brigid Kosgei and W40 half-marathon world record holder Sinead Diver.