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Korir has to pull out of marathon

Korir has won seven of the 16 marathons he has contested
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NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenyan Sammy Korir, the second fastest marathon runner of all time, has pulled out of the Olympics because of a leg injury.

"I'm disappointed," said Korir, who arrived in Kenya after undergoing treatment in Italy. He said he would be out of action for about six weeks.

Korir finished just one second behind when Paul Tergat set his world record of two hours four minutes 55 seconds in Berlin last year.

Kenyan officials were not specific about the nature of Korir's injury but newspapers reported that he had collided with a rock during a training run in Kenya two weeks ago.

Korir was second in April's London Marathon and has won seven of his 16 outings over 26.2 miles.

Despite their incredible depth of marathon running talent, Kenya will only have two marathon men on the startline of the race on August 29 - Tergat and Sydney Olympics silver medalist Eric Wainaina.

In an administrative blunder, Kenya failed to name a reserve for the event.

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