Emily Sisson withdraws from 2023 London Marathon with hip injury
by Robert Johnson
March 27, 2023
The stacked women’s field at 2023 TCS London Marathon will not include American record holder Emily Sisson. At 7:00 am ET today, the race announced Sisson had withdrawn from the race and then a few hours later Sisson explained why in an Instagram post.
“I tweaked something in my hip during a workout a few weeks ago, and it just didn’t quite heal fast enough! I have taken a few days off since then & have been slowly increasing my runs—and things are feeling a lot better!” wrote Sisson. “Initially I was pretty bummed, but I’m going to pivot to some shorter races this summer instead now! And I will do a marathon later this year. I will keep my race schedule posted.”
Sisson’s withdrawal comes just 13 days after the former American record holder Keira D’Amato told Runner’s World she also wouldn’t be competing in London due to a tweaked knee.
The race also announced today that the fourth fastest Brit in history, Jess Piasecki (2:22:27 pb) , would not be competing as well due to injury. Since the race announced its record-breaking lineup in February, a number of people have withdrawn besides the two Americans and Piasecki. Also withdrawing have been the 5th fastest woman in history Tigist Assefa (2:15:37 pb) of Ethiopia, Australian record holder Sinead Diver (2:21:34), as well as Brits Charlotte Purdue (2:23:16 pb) and Stephanie Davis (2:27:16 pb).
Quick Take: It’s now open for debate as to which race has the better women’s field – 2023 London or 2023 Boston.
|2023 London||2023 Boston||Previous Most In History|
|Sub-2:18 PB||4||5||4 (’21 Olympics)|
|Sub-2:19 PB||8||7||7 (’22 London)|
|Sub-2:20 PB||8||9||9 (’21 London)|
|Sub-2:21 PB||11||16||10 (’21 London)|
Note: Those Boston numbers haven’t been updated since they came out due to withdrawals.
Here’s where our top 10 ranked women from last year are competing.
|Athlete||Country||2023 spring marathon|
|1. Ruth Chepngetich||Kenya||Won Nagoya|
|2. Yalemzerf Yehualaw||Ethiopia||London|
|3. Amane Beriso||Ethiopia||Boston|
|4. Gotytom Gebreslase||Ethiopia||Boston|
|5. Tigist Assefa||Ethiopia|
|6. Brigid Kosgei||Kenya||London|
|7. Judith Korir||Kenya||London|
|8. Lonah Salpeter||Israel||Boston|
|9. Peres Jepchirchir||Kenya||London|
|10. Letesenbet Gidey||Ethiopia||None – Ran World XC|
|11. Almaz Ayana||Ethiopia||London|
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Robert Johnson is the co-founder of LetsRun.com. He once helped rabbit Catherine Ndereba to the world record in the women’s marathon and was part of the greatest dynasty in any NCAA men’s sport in Ivy League history when he was the coach of the men’s distance program at Cornell University for 10 years, as they won 8 straight outright Ivy titles. He now resides in Baltimore with his wife and son.