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5th anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombing, memorial held

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5th anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombing, memorial held

American runner Jordan Hasay, who finished third among women at last year's Boston Marathon and was seen as a contender this year, announced on Twitter that she has withdrawn from tomorrow's race because of a foot injury.

The city of Boston has held a moment of silence on the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

On the eve of the 2018 marathon the mayor believes the tragedy has united the city.

A runner is escorted from the scene after explosions went off at the Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.

"Her doctor and team have made the decision that Jordan needs to take time to recover fully so there is no long-term injury", the statement said, adding that officials support Hasay's decision and invite her to return to Boston in 2019.

Huddle has been a success at shorter distances, although her only marathon result was a third-place finish at NY in 2016.Flanagan, 36, missed last year's race with an injury but won at NY with extra rest.

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It is 5 years after a terrorist attacked runners and fans at a Boston Marathon that killed 3 people and injured 147 others. She was also second to Rose Chelimo in the World Track and Field Championships marathon and fourth in NY.

The question will be how much longer Kiplagat, now 38, can maintain her winning form.

Kiplagat, 37, pulled away with more than five miles remaining past year to win at Boston in 2:21:52.

Hasay's late withdrawal from Boston is a bummer, as she was one of the favorites to end the American women's 33-year title drought.

More recently Rupp has become only the second USA runner to break the hour mark for the half-marathon.

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