When the sports agent Andrey Baranov sent an email in the spring to New York Road Runners, asking the group to accept five of his female Eastern European runners into the professional field of this year’s New York City Marathon, he was confident that at least one of them would receive an invitation.
At minimum, Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova of Russia would make the cut, Baranov thought. She was, after all, the bronze medalist in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics. One of the best marathoners in the world.
The response from New York, Baranov recalled on Thursday, stunned him: Sorry, not interested. Good luck with other races.