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Leg issue forces Canadian Rory Linkletter to pull out of next month’s London Marathon

Rory Linkletter will have to wait at least a year to make his London Marathon debut.

The Calgary-born athlete has withdrawn from the April 23 race due to an issue with his IT (iliotibial) band, a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs on the outside of the leg.

“Two weeks ago, an IT band issue flared up, I took a couple days off and it seemed to calm down,” Linkletter wrote on Instagram over the weekend. “However, after [the March 19 New York City Half Marathon] things really locked up on me.

“I respect the marathon too much to attempt to run it hobbled, and I need to prioritize my long-term health with the [2024 Paris] Olympic Games on the horizon.”

The 26-year-old placed 15th over 21.1 kilometres in the elite men’s field in one hour four minutes 21 seconds.

“I wasn’t my best [in New York] Linkletter stated in an Instagram post shortly after the race. “Had loads of fun mixing it up with the best for the first 15K but went into survival mode with 5K to go.

“I feel like I’ve been doing my best and trending [in] the right direction in training.”

In January 2022, Linkletter set a then-Canadian record of 1:01:08 in Houston that Ben Flanagan lowered to 1:01:00 last October.

Last month, Cam Levins ran 1:00:18 in Vancouver, three weeks before lowering his national mark in the marathon to 2:05:36 in Tokyo, setting a North American record. “I’m sad because I love to run and was looking forward to testing myself in London,” Linkletter said. “I’ll do everything I can to get back to 100 per cent for some late spring/summer racing.”

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