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Injured Mosop pulls out of Boston

MOSOP-BOSTONNAIROBI, Kenya, March 4- The 2011 Chicago Marathon champion, Moses Mosop, has withdrawn from April’s Boston Marathon with knee injury.

According to his management, International Athletics Consultancy (IAC) Mosop has been advised to stop running for a couple of weeks meaning he will not complete his training programme for Boston.

“During first week of February, after a fartlek session on a slightly downhill course, Moses felt pain in right knee and as time passed the pain increased. Moses did visit an established physiotherapist in Eldoret, Kenya and he was instructed to cease running for period of two weeks.

“As city of Boston and Boston Marathon have special places in Moses’ heart, Moses in not willing to disappoint or gamble with the trust organizers of Boston Marathon have in him and he has opted to withdraw from this year’s edition, as he has not enough time to prepare as per marathon-specific cycle designed by his coach Renato Canova,” IAC stated in a statement Tuesday.

Mosop finished second at the 2011 Boston race in 2:03:06, the second fastest ever time used to complete the classic distance where compatriot Geoffrey Mutai beat him to the tape in 2:03:02.

The elevation drop in Boston makes its course ineligible for world record considerations.

“It is planned for Moses to combine marathon training and strength training, as instructed by our team and Robert Jongh (Physiotherapy Jongh & van Osta), with the goal to compete at 2:06:00 level over marathon distance in IAAF Gold Label Road Race at least 4 weeks after 2014 Boston Marathon,” the management of the 2007 World Cross silver medallist added.

Subject to all developments, the distance running ace will compete during summer in a few road races in USA, which are to be followed by fast World Marathon Majors’ event in autumn.

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