Buzunesh Deba, the New York City-based Ethiopian who broke into the top tier of the sport by finishing as runner-up in the 2011 ING New York City Marathon, withdrew on Sunday from the 116th Boston Marathon with a foot injury.
At Friday’s press conference, Deba said that she was concerned about her right foot after turning her ankle a week ago on a training run in Central Park. Prior to the injury, the 24-year-old rising star said, training had been going superbly after stepping up her mileage after New York. Deba said that she went from single long runs of 30, 26, and 25 miles before New York to two runs of 30 miles, one of 28, and three of 26 leading up to Boston. She arrived in Boston directly from four months of training at altitude in Albuquerque, NM, doubling the longest altitude stint of her career.
“After New York, I have a lot of confidence,” she said on Friday. “I train harder now.”
In New York, Deba and Firehiwot Dado, also of Ethiopia, worked together for miles to catch Mary Keitany of Kenya. Dado won the race in 2:23:15 to Deba’s 2:23:19, personal bests for both. Also at Friday’s press conference, Dado said that she hoped to again run with Deba, “to do something like in New York.”
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg