Boston Marathon announces international elite field

Aselefech Mergia
Aselefech Mergia

Boston, MA -Kenya’s Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, who won the Boston Marathon in 2010 with a then-record time, headlines the field of international elite athletes for the 2013 race, event sponsor John Hancock Financial announced Tuesday.

Kenyan Moses Mosop, who won the 2011 Chicago Marathon, and 2010 New York City Marathon Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia are also entered along with last year’s Boston Marathon runner-up, Levy Matebo of Kenya.

On the women’s side, two-time Dubai Marathon winner Aselefech Medessa Mergia of Ethiopia, Amsterdam Marathon course-record-holder Meseret Hailu Debele of Ethiopia, and past Boston champion and 2012 Chicago runner-up Rita Jeptoo of Kenya will run Boston in 2013.

Defending champions Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop were previously announced as returning in 2013, as were top Americans Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher.

The complete elite field released Tuesday is as follows (listed with personal best time and country):

MEN

  • Moses Mosop, 2:03:06 (Boston, 2011), Kenya
  • Gebregziabher “Gebre” Gebremariam, 2:04:53 (Boston, 2011), Ethiopia
  • Markos Geneti, 2:04:54 (Dubai, 2012), Ethiopia
  • Ryan Hall, 2:04:58 (Boston, 2011), USA
  • Levy Matebo, 2:05:16 (Frankfurt, 2011), Kenya
  • Shami Abdullah Dawit, 2:05:42 (Dubai, 2012), Ethiopia
  • Dickson Chumba, 2:05:46 (Eindhoven, 2012), CRKenya
  • Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, 2:05:52 (Boston, 2010), Kenya
  • Wesley Korir, 2:06:13 (Chicago, 2012), Kenya
  • Raji Assefa, 2:06:24 (Paris, 2012), Ethiopia
  • Abdihakem “Abdi” Abdirahman, 2:08:56 (Chicago, 2006), USA
  • Mebrahtom “Meb” Keflezighi, 2:09:08 (Houston, 2012), USA
  • Jeffrey Hunt, 2:11:00 (Beppu, 2010), Australia
  • Jason Hartmann, 2:11:06 (Chicago, 2010), USA
  • Eric Gillis, 2:11:28 (Toronto, 2011), Canada
  • Fernando Cabada, 2:11:53 (Houston, 2012), USA
  • Guor Marial, 2:12:55 (San Diego, 2012), NR South Sudan
  • Robin Watson, 2:13:37 (Rotterdam, 2012), Canada
  • Micah Kogo, 59:07 (South Shields, 2012), Kenya
  • Lucas Rotich, 59:44 (Den Haag, 2011), Kenya

 

WOMEN

  • Aselefech Medessa Mergia, 2:19:31 (Dubai, 2012), CR Ethiopia
  • Meseret Hailu Debele, 2:21:09 (Amsterdam, 2012), CR Ethiopia
  • Mamitu Daska, 2:21:59 (Frankfurt, 2011), Ethiopia
  • Rita Jeptoo, 2:22:04 (Chicago, 2012), Kenya
  • Sharon Cherop, 2:22:39 (Dubai, 2012), Kenya
  • Madai Pérez, 2:22:59 (Chicago, 2006), NRMexico
  • Alemita Abera Begna, 2:23:14 (Houston, 2012), Ethiopia
  • Tetiana Gamera-Shmyrko, 2:24:32 (London, 2012), Ukraine
  • Kara Goucher, 2:24:52 (Boston, 2011), USA
  • Shalane Flanagan, 2:25:38 (Houston, 2012), USA
  • Ana Dulce Félix, 2:25:40 (NYC, 2011), Portugal
  • Yolanda Caballero, 2:26:17 (Boston, 2011), Colombia
  • Sabrina Mockenhaupt, 2:26:21 (Berlin, 2010), Germany
  • Diana Chepkemoi Sigei, 2:26:53 (Dubai, 2011), Kenya
  • Karolina Jarzynska, 2:27:16 (Yokohama, 2011), Poland
  • Serena Burla, 2:28:27 (Seoul, 2012), USA
  • Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce, 2:29:35 (Houston, 2011), USA
  • René Kalmer, 2:29:59 (Yokohama, 2011), RSA
  • Diane Nukuri-Johnson, 2:30:13 (London, 2012), NR Burundi
  • Alissa McKaig, 2:31:56 (Houston, 2012), USA

NR-national record; CR-course record

Source: Boston.com

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