Natasha Wodak withdraws from 2023 London Marathon


The Canadian girls’s marathon file holder, Natasha Wodak, won’t be racing on the 2023 London Marathon this Sunday. The 41-year-old introduced on her Instagram Tuesday that she has been making an attempt to coach by means of damage and illness however has not been 100 per cent, which has compelled her to withdraw. 

“I’m completely gutted to announce I’ve pulled out of Sunday’s London Marathon,” wrote Wodak. “The previous couple of days have been extremely robust making an attempt to determine what to do, however  I’m so grateful to all of the individuals in my life which have reassured me that we now have made the precise determination.”

Earlier in her marathon coaching construct, Wodak was coping with two separate accidents, which resulted in her lacking coaching. “We put up an ideal struggle when accidents tried to derail us,” wrote Wodak. Two weeks earlier than the marathon, I began having abdomen points, and I’ve sadly been sick since. I’ve not been capable of eat a lot, and everyone knows you’ll be able to’t race a marathon under-fuelled.”

Final yr on the 2022 Berlin Marathon, Wodak set a brand new Canadian marathon file of two:23:12 together with her Twelfth-place end.

The 2-time Canadian Olympian beat the earlier file by a minute and 38 seconds, held by Malindi Elmore from the 2020 Houston Marathon (2:24:50).

Wodak was set to tackle one of many best girls’s marathon fields ever assembled, together with Olympic champions Sifan Hassan and Peres Jepchirchir, plus the world file holder Brigid Kosgei and the marathon debut of Eilish McColgan. 

Natasha Wodak and Leslie Sexton
Leslie Sexton and Natasha Wodak, coaching in Vancouver. Picture: Leslie Sexton

Wodak remained optimistic a couple of return to the marathon, “Proper now, I’ll take the time to relaxation and reset,” she mentioned. “We now have extra races to come back.”

With Wodak’s withdrawal, there’ll now be no Canadian elites on the 2023 London Marathon. Rory Linkletter was supposed to start out within the males’s elite discipline but in addition needed to withdraw from an IT band flare-up in late March. 



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