American record holder and two-time Olympian Ryan Hall has announced his retirement and will not compete at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles next month.
Hall cited chronically low testosterone levels as part of decision to retire in his interview with The New York Times.
Hall is the fastest American to run 26.2 miles with a 2:04:58 performance at the windy 2011 Boston Marathon. The time can not be ratified as an American record due to the net downhill nature of the Boston Marathon course.
His agent Ray Flynn shared the following statement on Twitter:
“Ryan Hall has inspired a whole generation of young American runners to believing they can compete with the world's best over the marathon distance,” Hall's representation at Fynn Sports Management said in a statement. “His fearless front running style defines his legacy in our sport.”
Hall made two U.S. Olympic teams and was the winner of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials marathon.
Fellow professional runners shared their own reactions to the news on Twitter:
- Christopher Chavez