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Ryan Hall Withdraws From Chicago Marathon, Race Organizers Say

Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Ryan Hall withdrew from next month’s Chicago Marathon, citing “perpetual fatigue” for dropping his planned run at the American record in the 26.2-mile distance.

Hall, 27, the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials marathon winner, said he didn’t want to race feeling less than his “very best,” according to an e-mailed statement from marathon organizers. 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, in the Oct. 10 race.

“Perhaps I was a bit too eager to capitalize on the lightning-fast course, atmosphere and history of the event in my race preparations, causing me to over-train and suffer from perpetual fatigue,” Hall said in the statement. “If I am not fully ready to run, I owe it to myself, my fans and organizers to not show up with less than my very best.”

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 by an American in the race’s history.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Buteau in Atlanta at mbuteau@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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