Olympic Bronze Medalist Molly Seidel Withdraws from U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

By Chris Chavez

February 1, 2024

Olympic bronze medalist Molly Seidel has withdrawn from Saturday’s 2024 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Orlando due to a knee injury.

Here’s what you need to know:

– Seidel made the following announcement on Instagram:

“I am just really dreading having to make this video. I decided yesterday alongside with my coach that I will not be lining up for the Olympic trials marathon this coming Saturday. About a month ago my knee took a turn for the worst — I couldn’t run on it at all. I got an MRI that showed I had broken my patella and partially tore my patellar tendon. I have done everything in my power over this last month to try and get myself to the line.

I have just the most incredible physios and doctors doing everything in their power to help me. I have been cross-training my ass off but ultimately I got to this week and my knee had not healed up enough and I knew that I could not race a marathon hard on it in its current state without really, really injuring myself more.

I am really fucking bummed. Here is no other word for it — I have dreamed about making this team and defending my bronze medal at the Paris Olympics since the last Olympics.

But I know that the team that we will be sending is going to be the most incredible and most competitive we can be. And I am going to be watching and cheering for all the men and women racing this weekend. And that’s it.”

– Seidel has had a rocky go since winning bronze in Tokyo, enduring a string of mental and physical health challenges over the last several years, but she came back in a big way in Chicago last fall with a 2:23:07 eighth-place finish for a new PB.

Who remains in the race?

We previewed the full women’s elite race here.

Chris Chavez

Chris Chavez launched CITIUS MAG in 2016 as a passion project while working full-time for Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and grew his humble blog into a multi-pronged media company. He completed all six World Marathon Majors and is an aspiring sub-five-minute miler.