Emma Bates to miss U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

Emma Bates

Emma Bates

Emma Bates, the third-fastest U.S. female marathoner of 2023, will miss the Feb. 3 Olympic Trials, where the top three are in line to make the team for Paris.

“There’s just not enough time to be where I need to be,” Bates said in a tearful social media video. “Another four years to wait for another Olympic team. I’ll be OK.”

Bates, 31, lowered her personal best each of the last three years. In 2021, she placed second at the Chicago Marathon. In 2022, she was the second American at the world championships (seventh overall) and in New York City (eighth).

Last year, she was the top American in Boston (fifth in a personal-best 2:22:10). She was 13th overall in her most recent marathon in Chicago on Oct. 8, slowed by a foot injury. Bates did not specify an injury in Saturday’s video.

The field for the Olympic Trials in Orlando is expected to include Betsy Saina, the fastest American in 2023 (2:21:40), American record holder Emily Sisson and Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Molly Seidel.

2023 Fastest U.S. Women’s Marathons

Runner

Time

Race

Betsy Saina

2:21:40

Tokyo

Emily Sisson

2:22:09

Chicago

Emma Bates

2:22:10

Boston

Molly Seidel

2:23:07

Chicago

Sara Vaughn

2:23:24

Chicago

Susanna Sullivan

2:24:27

London

Gabriella Rooker

2:24:35

Chicago

Aliphine Tuliamuk

2:24:37

Boston

Dakotah Lindwurm

2:24:40

Chicago

Nell Rojas

2:24:51

Boston

2022/2023 Fastest U.S. Women’s Marathons

Runner

Time

Race

Emily Sisson

2:18:29

Chicago 2022

Keira D’Amato

2:19:12

Houston 2022

Betsy Saina

2:21:40

Tokyo 2023

Keira D’Amato

2:21:48

Berlin 2022

Emily Sisson

2:22:09

Chicago 2023

Sara Hall

2:22:10

World Championships 2022

Emma Bates

2:22:10

Boston 2023

Sara Hall

2:22:56

Tokyo 2022

Molly Seidel

2:23:07

Chicago 2023

Emma Bates

2:23:18

World Championships 2022

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