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Sore foot foils Chugiak's Cherry in Olympic Trials marathon

  • Author: Alaska News
  • Updated: July 8, 2016
  • Published February 13, 2016

Anchorage runner Jesse Cherry's Olympic Trials marathon race ended prematurely, and in pain Saturday in Los Angeles.

Cherry, 30, pulled out of the race with a tightened plantar fascia in his foot.

"I was running a great race but then my plantar started to tighten," Cherry said on Twitter. "I tried pushing through it but after a mile or two, I could no longer land on my forefoot."

It was the second appearance in the Olympic Trials men's marathon for Cherry, a Chugiak High graduate who lives in California.

Claiming victory in the men's 26.2-mile race was Galen Rupp, who ran 2:11:12 in his marathon debut. Meb Keflezighi was second (2:12:20) and Jared Ward third (2:13:00).

The women's victory went to Amy Cragg in 2:28:54. Desiree Linden placed second (2:28:54), and Shalene Flanagan third (2:29:19).

The top three in both races will represent the United States at the Summer Olympics in Brazil.

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