NYC Marathon Defending Women’s Champion Dado Will Miss 2012 Race

Firehiwot Dado, the women’s champion at the 2011 New York City Marathon, will miss this year’s race because of a foot injury.

Dado, an Ethiopian who beat countrywoman Buzunesh Deba by four seconds to win last year’s race in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 15 seconds, withdrew from the Nov. 4 event because she has been unable to train after a blister on her foot became infected, New York Road Runners, which organizes the race, said in a statement citing Dado’s manager, Hussein Makke.

“Given the level of swelling on her ankle and the open nature of the blister itself, she has stopped training for some time now,” Makke said.

Dado, 28, hasn’t competed since June, when she finished fifth in the NYRR New York Mini 10K. She made her NYC Marathon debut last year, joining Deba in catching Kenya’s Mary Keitany in the 24th mile before holding off Deba for the victory. Deba is scheduled to participate in this year’s race.

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