Dathan Ritzenhein Pulls Out of 2011 Virgin London Marathon

by: Virgin London Marathon
January 26, 2011

Dathan Ritzenhein has been forced to withdraw from the 2011 Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 17 April with a persistent ankle injury.

The 28-year-old American, who was added to the elite men’s line-up two weeks ago, was aiming to smash his personal best of 2 hours 10 minutes on the 26.2 mile course.

But an ankle injury sustained while training indoors in December has been slow to heal, and Ritzenhein and his coach Alberto Salazar believe he will not have time to do the necessary training for the sub-2:07 performance he had been hoping for.

 David Bedford, race director of the Virgin London Marathon, said: “It is very disappointing to lose Dathan from this year’s race. I know he was hoping to produce a fast time but unfortunately he has been beaten by injury. We wish him well and hope to see him in the future.

 “The men’s field is still one of the best we’ve ever had, including our defending champion Tsegaye Kebede, the Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru and the world champion Abel Kirui. I am sure it will be a fantastic race.”

The following is a full list of the men’s and women’s elite entries for the 2011 Virgin London Marathon.

Elite athletes and their best marathon times

Men
 
 
Tsegaye Kebede
Patrick Makau
Samuel Wanjiru
Abel Kirui
Bazu Worku
Jaouad Gharib
Emmanuel Mutai
Viktor Röthlin
Abderrahime Bouramdane
Yonas Kifle
José Manuel Martinez
Marilson Gomes dos Santos
Lee Troop
Dmitry Safronov
Luis Feiteira                         
Cuthbert Nyasango
Ser-Od Bat-Ochir                  
Jason Lehmkuhle
Mike Shelley
Michael Aish
Andrew Lemoncello
Collis Birmingham
Mohamed Trafeh
Javier Guerra 
Stephan Shay  
Patrick Smyth 
ETH
KEN
KEN
KEN
ETH
MAR
KEN
SUI
MAR
ERI
ESP
BRA
AUS
RUS
POR
ZIM
MGL
USA
AUS
USA
GBR
AUS
USA
ESP
USA
USA
2:05:18
2:04:48
2:05:10
2:05:04
2:05:25
2:05:27
2:06:15
2:07:23
2:07:33
2:07:34
2:08:09
2:08:37
2:09:49
2:10:12
2:11:57
2:12:40
2:12:42
2:12:54
2:13:05
2:13:21
2:13:40
Debut
Debut
Debut
Debut
Debut
 
Women
 
 
Liliya Shobukhova
Zhou Chunxiu
Irina Mikitenko
Constantina Dita
Askale Tafa
Inga Abitova
Lornah Kiplagat
Aselefech Mergia
Bezunesh Bekele
Bai Xue
Mariya Konovalova
Xiaolin Zhu
Aberu Kebede
Yukiko Akaba
Edna Kiplagat
Magdalena Lewy Boulet
Liz Yelling
Lisa Weightman
Mary Keitany
Kirsten Melkevik
Fiona Docherty
Tanith Maxwell
Jo Pavey
Jessica Augusto
Nikki Chapple
Hayley Yelling
Maria Sig Moller
RUS
CHN
GER
ROU
ETH
RUS
NED
ETH
ETH
CHN
RUS
CHN
ETH
JPN
KEN
USA
GBR
AUS
KEN
NOR
NZL
RSA
GBR
POR
AUS
GBR
DEN
2:20:25
2:19:51
2:19:19
2:21:30
2:21:31
2:22:19
2:22:22
2:22:38
2:23:09
2:23:27
2:23:50
2:23:57
2:23:58
2:24:55
2:25:38
2:26:22
2:28:33
2:28:48
2:29:01
2:29:12
2:32:17
2:32:33
Debut
Debut
Debut
Debut
Debut

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