Moh Ahmed’s debut within the half-marathon must wait. He has withdrawn from this Sunday’s Aramco Houston Part Marathon after struggling a hamstring damage in his ultimate tune-up exercise.
“I’m regretfully retreating from the Aramco Houston Part Marathon. In my ultimate tune-up exercise on Wednesday, I tweaked my hamstring/hip flexor just a little, such that my trainer, Jerry Schumacher, and I felt it could be unwise to line up on Sunday,” mentioned Ahmed in a commentary Thursday.
Ahmed’s half-marathon debut used to be extremely expected, given his Canadian data within the 5,000m and 10,000m at the observe. He’s the one Canadian distance runner to have medalled within the males’s 5,000m tournament at an Olympic Video games (Tokyo 2020).
“After a really perfect few months of coaching, I used to be in point of fact having a look ahead to trying out myself over the streets of Houston towards a really perfect box, however it is going to have to attend till subsequent 12 months,” mentioned Ahmed. Out of doors of a couple of native highway races and successful the Canadian males’s 10K identify final 12 months, he has no longer raced the 21.1 or 42.2 km distance.
Rory Linkletter would be the lone Canadian athlete within the males’s elite half-marathon box. Linkletter is racing in Houston in preparation for the Sevilla Marathon on Feb. 18, aiming for the Olympic usual of two:08:10. His private easiest of 61:08 used to be set at this race in 2022 (a Canadian nationwide report on the time). Ljnkletter’s PB is best 50 seconds in the back of the Canadian half of marathon report of 60:18 held by way of Cam Levins.
In spite of Ahmed’s withdrawal, there’ll nonetheless be a big Canadian presence in Houston. 4 athletes might be chasing their Olympic goals within the marathon. Leslie Sexton, 2016 Olympian Lanni Marchant, and Canadian marathon report holder Natasha Wodak will all have their targets at the girls’s Olympic usual of two:26:50, with two spots nonetheless open for Paris 2024. At the males’s facet, Tristan Woodfine from Cobden, Ont, returns to the marathon having a look to damage his private easiest of two:10:51, set 3 years in the past on the London Marathon. The boys’s Olympic usual for Paris is two:08:10.