Four-time champion Catherine Ndereba withdrew from the 114th Boston Marathon yesterday, citing a muscle tear to the piriformis (buttocks/hip area).
Long a fan favorite, Ndereba, 37, won Boston in 2000, ’01, ’04, and ’05, becoming the only woman to win the race four times. She is Kenya’s national women’s marathon record-holder and the second-fastest female marathoner of all time, with a personal best of 2 hours 18 minutes 47 seconds (2001 Chicago). Her impressive résumé also includes two Olympic silver medals and two golds from the World Marathon Championships.
Late last month, Kenya’s Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot withdrew because of a right hip injury. Another four-time champion, Cheruiyot couldn’t train properly for the April 19 race.
In other changes, Ukrainian Dmytro Baranovskyy (personal-best 2:07:15) will start, while Kenyan Benjamin Maiyo, Ethiopian Mestawet Tufa, and Moroccan Mohammed Amyn will not compete because of injuries.