March 22, 2018
USATF has confirmed that what a LetsRun.com messageboard poster has been saying for more than a day is true – Jordan Hasay has withrdawn from the 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. The question now becomes, will Hasay run the 2018 Boston Marathon as planned in 3.5 weeks.
Update: Hasay’s agent Ricky Simms has gotten back to us as to whether Hasay’s participation for Boston might be in jeopardy. “Jordan pulled out of the World Half earlier this week with a tight plantar. It is more precautionary with Boston so close. We expect her to be fine for Boston,’ wrote Simms.
David Monti was the first one to go on the record with the info on Hasay’s withdrawal on twitter.
Confirmed; @JordanHasay has scratched from #IAAFvalencia2018. "She pulled out this week due to a tight plantar," said @SimmsRicky of @PACESportsMgmt. "More precautionary with #BostonMarathon not far away." (photo by @d9monti for Race Results Weekly) pic.twitter.com/adHDI5ID9M
— David Monti (@d9monti) March 22, 2018
In a somewhat related development, LetsRun.com has also learned that two prominent Kenyans have withdrawn from the World Half Champs as well – Fancy Chemutai (64:52 pb ) and Mary Wacera (66:29 pb). And in what can only be considered a big bureucratic blunder, Athletics Kenya failed to enter alternate entries when they submitted their entries and the IAAF has decided to stick to their policy of only allowing those on the initial entry list to compete. So Kenya will only be running 3 women at the competition and if one of them doesn’t finish, Kenya obviously won’t show up in the team competition where 3 runners score.
Update: The US also will only be racing three women. USATF has written us stating, “We are running with 3. Natosha and Jordan withdrew after the entry deadline unfortunately. ”
- MB: Confirmed: Jordan Hasay has withdrawn from the 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships – Will she run Boston?
- MB: Official 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Champs Discussion Thread