Boston – Defending champion Caroline Rotich of Kenya and Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia, the reigning Olympic champion, Olympic and Ethiopian national record holder, are two big name athletes, who will compete at the Boston Marathon women’s race here on Monday.
Gelana’s best year was in 2012, when she won all the titles listed above. Since then, her best result has been has been a third-place finish in Tokyo in 2015. A good result here will help in her nomination to represent Ethiopia and defend her Olympic title at the Rio Games this summer.
Other notable Ethiopian athletes include Buzunesh Deba, a two-time runner-up in New York and a second place finish here in 2014 behind Rita Jeptoo of Kenya,
Tirfi Tsegaye is the current Dubai champion and won in 2013 as well; Mamitu Daska is also a past Dubai winner. Atsede Baysa has won both the Chicago and Paris Marathons twice.
The top women will start shortly after 9:30, nearly half an hour before the men lead the first of five mass waves.