Ryan Hall Withdraws From Chicago Marathon, U.S. Record Attempt Next Month

Ryan Hall withdrew from next month’s Chicago Marathon where he planned to make a run at the American record for the 26.2-mile distance, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Hall, 27, the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials marathon winner, said he had some poor workouts over the past week, the newspaper reported. Leading up to the Oct. 10 race, Hall had said he wanted to break Khalid Khannouchi’s U.S. record of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 38 seconds, set at the 2002 London Marathon.

“It has been a rough couple months for me,” Hall told the Tribune. “I’ve invested everything in my training, and sometimes things do not turn out the way you had envisioned.”

Hall finished 14th at the Sept. 19 Philadelphia Half Marathon, four minutes slower than his career-best time at the 13.1-mile distance. He was the top American finisher in this year’s Boston Marathon, finishing fourth at 2:08:41, the fastest for an American in the race’s history.

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