U.S. 1,500-meter champion Treniere Moser withdrew from the World Track and Field Championships on Thursday and cited a hamstring injury Friday.
Moster picked up the hamstring injury at a Diamond League meet in Monaco last month, according to The Associated Press. She did not finish her last race at the London Anniversary Games two weeks ago, being stretchered off.
“It became clear just this week that the injury had not progressed enough to be able to perform as I, my coach and Team USA would expect,” Moser told the AP. “I had to make the difficult decision to scratch from the team.”
Moser was replaced on the U.S. roster by Sarah Brown, who finished sixth at nationals but jumped fourth-place Shannon Rowbury and fifth-place Kerri Gallagher to get Moser’s spot Thursday. Brown was set for a flight to New York on Friday to secure a visa to Russia. The first round of the 1,500 is Sunday morning Moscow time.
Rowbury was already on the worlds team in the 5,000, an event where the heats are sandwiched between the semis and finals of the 1,500 over a three-day stretch. Gallagher didn’t have a fast enough time from this year to be eligible to replace Moser.
The other members of the 1,500 team are 17-year-old phenom Mary Cain (second at nationals), defending world champion Jenny Simpson (who had a bye into worlds) and Cory McGee (third at nationals).
Moser, 31, won the 1,500 at the National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, in June, edging training partner Cain in a very slow final. They’re both coached by Alberto Salazar, the famed coach of Mo Farah and Galen Rupp. Moser also won U.S. titles in 2005, 2006 and 2007. She was eliminated in the first round at worlds in 2005 and in the semifinals in 2007.
The 1,500 in Moscow is missing the Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalists, Aslı Cakır Alptekin and Gamze Bulut of Turkey and Maryam Jamal of Bahrain, Alptekin is part of the Turkish doping scandal that’s named more than 30 athletes.
The medal favorites are Simpson and the four women who have broken 4 minutes this year — Ethiopian-born Swede Abeba Aregawi (probably the overall favorite), Kenyans Faith Kipyegon and Hellen Obiri and Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba,