The 2020 Olympic marathon bronze medallist, Molly Seidel, has declared herself out of the upcoming World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore. due to a stress reaction in her sacrum.
Seidel, 27, made the announcement on Instagram yesterday after she has been dealing with pain in her hip since dropping out of the Boston Marathon in April.
“Preparing myself for these world championships has been the most challenging build I’ve had,” Seidel writes. “The impingement in my hip hasn’t fully resolved, yet I kept pushing it, and an MRI late this week showed I have a stress reaction in my sacrum. Continuing to train and race on it would lead to a full fracture, and I don’t want to waste a spot on the U.S. team.”
— Total Sports Athletics (@TeamTotal_ATH) July 2, 2022
American marathon record holder Keira D’Amato has been named to the U.S. team in replacement of Seidel, two and a half weeks out from the start of the women’s marathon on July 18. The 37-year-old marathoner will join Emma Bates and Sara Hall on the U.S. team.
“It’s always an honour to sport the red, white and blue.” D’Amato wrote on her Instagram. This marks the first time D’Amato is selected to represent the U.S. on the international stage.
Seidel mentioned she will be taking a step back from the sport to get healthy. She has been outspoken on social media about her mental health and training with ADHD. In June, Seidel said she has been taking Adderall to help her cope with her ADHD. The stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder is currently on the banned substance list for ‘in-competition use’ by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
She applied to WADA for a therapeutic use exemption card (TUE), which allows the athlete to take the medication during competition. Her application has not yet been granted.
The 2022 World Athletics Championships will run from July 15 to 24 from Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.