Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot who was among the NYC Half Marathon title contender failed to finish the 13th edition of the NYC Half after experiencing breathing problems.
Cheruiyot who was the third fastest in the field with a 67:44 PB behind Ethiopians Mamitu Daska (66:28 PB) and Buze Diriba (66:50 PB), drifted off the lead before 10-K and dropped out in Central Park in the 10th mile shortly after the men’s leaders caught her.
Her manager, Mike Skinner, while speaking to the press said, “Vivian had problems breathing in the cold weather”.
“She was taken to hospital but now she is alright. Expect her to come with a bang in London Marathon,” Skinner concluded.
The race was won by Diriba in 1:12.23 with Betsy Saina finished a disappointing sixth place in 1:13.31.