Stomach problems force Wykes out of Lake Biwa

Dylan Wykes dropped out of Sunday's Lake Biwa Marathon, pulling out at around 26K.

Bad gastrointestinal tract issues forced Dylan Wykes out of the Lake Biwa Marathon on Sunday. The Canadian marathoner dropped out around 26K.

Wykes of Kingston, Ont., had been going after the Canadian Olympic standard of 2:11:29. He had put together a solid training block, including a couple of fast half-marathons, in preparation for the event.

Unfortunately, Wykes suffered severe stomach problems, which forced him to the side of the road on several occasions, before finally ending his day just after the halfway mark.

“Terrible GI problems,” Wykes said in a Twitter post. “Writing was on the wall v early on. Very tough day Thx to all 4 ur support.”

Samuel Ndungu of Kenya, running his debut marathon, won the race in 2:07:04.

Because Wykes pulled the plug relatively early on, it’s possible that he could recover enough to run another marathon, such as Rotterdam or London, before the end of April, which is the cut-off for making the Canadian Olympic standard.

Wykes ran a strong 2:12:57 at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last fall, an effort that was likely worth a sub-2:12, given the windy conditions.