Mary Cain Pulls Out of 2014 World Indoors – Worried about “discomfort” in her lower calf
March 3, 2013
USATF has issued the following press release this morning.
U.S. 1500m Champion Mary Cain withdraws from IAAF World Indoor Championships
SOPOT, Poland — U.S. Women’s 1500m Champion Mary Cain (Bronxville, N.Y.) has withdrawn from the IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships due to injury, USATF announced Monday.
“Unfortunately I will not be able to travel to the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot,” Cain said in a statement. “Over the past week, I developed a discomfort in my lower calf. I had an MRI scan on Saturday and it was all clear, but I still feel the pain when I wear spikes and have decided not to risk making it worse in Poland. I hope to be able to run in the World Indoor Championships many times in the future. I wish all my fellow USA athletes the best and hope they bring home lots of medals from Poland.”
Competition begins Friday in Sopot’s Ergo Arena.
Heather Kampf (Minneapolis, Minn.), the alternate for the event after placing third at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, will compete in Cain’s place in the women’s 1,500. First round begins Friday, March 7 at 1:35 p.m. ET.
Quick Take #1 by LetsRun.com: This is a big blow for the US and Cain. We are currently working on a ranking of the 12 American mid-d and distance runners going to Worlds on their odds of medalling at Worlds. Cain was going to be #1 or #2 as we viewed Cain as a virtual lock on a medal – probably silver – for Poland. The altitude converted 4:01.67 that she ran to win USAs is nearly four seconds better than the third best 1500 time run by anyone running at Worlds (Laur Muir 4:05.32).
Quick Take #2: This is great news for 32-year old Treniere Moser, the US runner-up. Moser’s 4:09.93 time from USAs converts to 4:04.49 according to the NCAA calculator so that means she’s got a real shot at a medal.
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