On Monday, April 18, Molly Seidel experienced her first competitive setback as a marathoner when she had to withdraw from the Boston Marathon.
The Olympic bronze medallist abandoned her first Boston Marathon sometime between the 25th and 30th kilometres.
At the 9-mile point, Seidel was still with the lead pack of elite women when 2020 Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir slowed the pace with a 4:59 split.
Seidel was among the competitors who dropped behind after the aggressive move greatly separated the leading group.
Halfway through the race, Seidel was in 11th place and leading all American runners, including Nell Rojas.
However, her pace slowed considerably in the miles that followed. At 25K, she finished with a final split of 1:25:29. At 30 kilometres, she failed to note a bifurcation.
‘Really Freaking Disappointed’: Molly Seidel Explains Why She Dropped Out of the 2022 Boston Marathon
Monday’s advancement in the women’s elite race at the 2022 Boston Marathon highlighted the notable absence of Molly Seidel, one of the best U.S. runners in the field.
At mile 16, Seidel, who had been running well and had won bronze in the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics, had to withdraw due to a hip problem.
During “one of the hardest races of my running career,” she wrote on Instagram on Tuesday morning, explaining why she had to withdraw from the Boston Marathon.
Seidel detailed what went wrong when she dropped behind the leaders, who included eventual winner Peres Jepchirchir and runner-up Ababel Yeshaneh.
Seidel, who was competing in her first Boston Marathon, admitted, “I ran outside my fitness, miscalculated the downhills, and suffered for it.”
And when my strength began to wane, my form deteriorated, which further affected the hip impingement I’ve experienced on and off throughout my build.
By mile 16, I knew I could no longer run without serious injury. That’s why I decided to stop going to school.
Molly Seidel Dropped Out Of Boston Marathon At Mile 16 Due To Injury
Olympian medalist Molly Seidel withdrew from Monday’s Boston Marathon due to an injury.
Seidel, running for the first time in the Boston Marathon, dropped out around Mile 16. Seidel expressed her devastation in an Instagram post.
Seidel admitted, “Today was a really tough one but I’m all good.”
The decision to pull at mile 16 was made to avoid further injury and the development of a more serious issue, so that the runner’s “banged up hip” would not become a chronic condition.
The Tokyo Olympics saw Seidel take home bronze in the marathon.
Seidel has been on a phenomenal streak over the past two years, with Boston being his fifth marathon of the kind.
The 27-year-old debuted at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta, and placed second. In 2020 she ran the London marathon in a time of 2:25:13, placing sixth.
Last summer, at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Seidel won the bronze medal on a scorching day in Sapporo.