Two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp will miss the spring marathon season following left foot surgery after his fifth-place finish in the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 7, according to the Oregonian.
Rupp has been the top U.S. marathoner since debuting at 26.2 miles at the February 2016 Olympic Trials. He won that race in Los Angeles, then took bronze in Rio (adding to his 2012 Olympic 10,000m silver medal).
Rupp then finished second at his first city marathon in Boston in 2017 and won Chicago later that year. He was one of many dropouts at this year’s Boston Marathon, with the worst weather in the oldest annual marathon’s recent history.
Rupp’s surgery last Friday was related to an Achilles injury that forced him to withdraw before the Sept. 16 Copenhagen Half Marathon and flared up near the end of the Chicago Marathon — Haglund’s Deformity, a bony bump on his heel that caused the tendon to fray, according to the Oregonian.
Rupp is the only U.S. man to break 2:11 in the marathon in the last three years.
Whereas U.S. female marathoning is very deep — including the most recent Boston and New York City Marathon winners Des Linden and Shalane Flanagan — the door is wide open for two of the three U.S. Olympic men’s spots come the February 2020 Olympic Trials in Atlanta.
Bernard Lagat, a five-time Olympian on the track, makes his marathon debut in New York on Nov. 4. Lagat, who turns 44 on Dec. 12, broke the record for oldest U.S. Olympic runner in Rio.
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