YAMAUCHI TO MISS BUPA GREAT BIRMINGHAM RUN WITH MINOR KNEE INJURY
training run and which will keep her out of this weekend’s Bupa Great
Birmingham Run is not serious.
Yamauchi, who was planning to chase the Olympic Games qualifying
standard in next month’s Yokohoma Marathon, has withdrawn from the half
marathon race on Sunday purely as a precautionary measure.
“Mara felt a problem during a training session on Sunday but felt she
would still be able to run in Birmingham,” said Peter Riley, elite
athletes manager of the Bupa Great Birmingham Run.
“However after doing some cross training it has become a little
painful in the last couple of days and she feels it will take a few more
before she is ready to race.”
The 2008 Olympic Marathon sixth-place finisher was scheduled to face
Louise Damen, who will be one of her main rivals for a place in next
year’s British team for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Gemma Steel
who is establishing herself as one of the country’s most consistent
distant running performers.
Yamauchi, after a 10 month lay off with a troublesome hamstring
injury, made an inconspicious return to action when dropping out of last
month’s Bupa Great North feeling unwell eight miles into the race.
However the 38-year-old quickly bounced back when, three weeks later,
she was a runaway winner of the ASICS Grand 10k road race in Berlin in a
time just two seconds shy of her lifetime best.
Riley, fully understanding her decision, said there is every
likelihood that Yamauchi, who needs a race before Yokohoma, may now
compete in the Bupa Great South Run over 10 miles next weekend.
The Bupa Great Birmingham Run will feature the presence of Haile
Gebrselassie in the men’s race, who will be making his first appearance
since dropping out of the BMW Berlin Marathon a month ago with breathing
problems, the venue where he also lost his world record to Kenya’s
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