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2022 Boston Marathon is the deepest field in history

This Boston Marathon may not have legends Eliud Kipchoge or Kenenisa Bekele, but it does have most of the other stars of recent years. It is arguably the deepest Boston men’s field in the race’s 126-year history.

Like with the women’s race, Boston got a boost with a return to its Patriots’ Day date for the first time since 2019. The world’s other jewel spring marathon, London, which usually has the best roster of the spring, is once again being held in the fall this year due to the pandemic.

So this field includes every man who won Boston, London and New York City in 2019 and 2021 (save Kipchoge), the last two world champions, plus recent winners of Chicago and Tokyo.

Picking a favorite is difficult, but the entries can be separated between recent breakthroughs and veteran champions.

Three men in the field earned their first major marathon victories last fall: Kenyans Benson Kipruto (Boston) and Albert Korir (New York City) and Ethiopian Sisay Lemma (London).

The names with more pizzazz: Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor, a longtime training partner of Kipchoge, won New York City in 2017 and 2019, plus three world half marathon titles. But he was fourth in his lone marathon since the start of the pandemic, missing time after fracturing a tibia when hit by a motorcycle while training in June 2020.

Kenyan Lawrence Cherono is the only man other than Kipchoge to win two annual major marathons in one year since the start of 2015. He claimed Boston and Chicago in 2019 and hasn’t had a bad marathon in four years.

Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa is still just 32 years old, which is remarkable given his resume: Boston champion in 2013 and 2015, New York City champion in 2018 and world champion in 2019. He has a DNF and a 35th in two marathons over the last two and a half years, though.

Another Ethiopian, Birhanu Legese, is the third-fastest man in history and thus the fastest man in this field with a personal best of 2:02:48 from 2019. He won Tokyo in 2019 and 2020 and hasn’t finished worse than fifth in a marathon in the last three and a half years.

Ethiopians Lemi Berhanu (won Boston in 2016, second in 2021) and Evans Chebet (seventh-fastest man in history at 2:03:00) also deserves mention.

The fastest Americans in the field are Scott Fauble (2:09:09) and Colin Bennie (2:09:38), plus Olympians Jake Riley and Jared Ward.

Source:  olympics.nbcsports.com

Rhonzas Kilimo breaks the course record at Guadalajara Half

Kenya’s Rhonzas Kilimo broke the course record at the 36th edition of the Guadalajara Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (20) in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Kilimo led a 1-2-3 podium finish but he did not have an easy ride he battled for honors with Benson Kipruto and Shadrack Kimining but he emerged superior cutting the tape in a new course record of 1:01.20 erasing the previous record of 1:01.48 that had been set in 2019 by Mathew Kisorio. Kipruto also finished well inside the course record with a time of 1:01.30.

Shadrack Kimining closed the podium finish also running under the old record clocking 1:01.33.

Samuel Mwangi Nduku and Robert Gaitho Gititu wrapped the Kenyan affair race as they finished in fourth and fifth place in 1:01.57 and 1:02.20 respectively.

The women race was won in a course record of 1:09.12 by Besu Sado from Ethiopia. Naom Jebet took the second place in 1:09.50 with Janet Ruguru closing the podium finishes in 1:09.56.

Pauline Korikwiang and Mayra Vidal from Mexico came home in fourth and fifth place in 1:12.45 and 1:15.04 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

21KM MEN

  1. Rhonzas Kilimo              (KEN) 1:01.20
  2. Benson Kipruto               (KEN) 1:01.30
  3. Shadrack Kimining         (KEN) 1:01.33
  4. Samuel Mwangi Nduku  (KEN) 1:01.57
  5. Robert Gaitho Gititu       (KEN) 1:02.20

LEADING RESULTS

21KM WOMEN

  1. Besu Sado                     (ETH) 1:09:12
  2. Naom Jebet                   (KEN) 1:09:50
  3. Janet Ruguru                (KEN) 1:09:56
  4. Pauline Korikwiang     (KEN) 1:12:45
  5. Mayra Sanchew Vidal (MEX) 1:15:04

World’s Fastest ever men’s field assembled for Boston Marathon

The organisers of the 126th edition of the Boston Marathon, which is the World Athletics Platinum Elite Label Road Race, have released their fastest ever elite list for men that will be held on Monday April 18, 2022 in Boston.

Three time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia leads the elite list of 12 men who have gone under the 2:06 mark. Bekele is the second fastest marathon runner in history with a personal best of 2:01.41.

“I recognise the tradition of the Boston Marathon and look forward to racing in April,” said Bekele. “For many years Ethiopia has had a strong tradition in Boston, and I am excited to join that legacy. I have long looked forward to racing the Boston Marathon.”

Seven of the past eight winners will also return to Boston, including 2021 champion Benson Kipruto of Kenya. Lawrence Cherono (2019), Yuki Kawauchi (2018), Geoffrey Kirui (2017), Lemi Berhanu (2016), and two times winner Lelisa Desisa (2015 and 2013) are the other six former winners.

The 2021 fastest man in marathon, Titus Ekiru, who holds a personal best of 2:02.57 that he got in Milan, will be battling for the top honors too. “I am happy to announce that I’ll be lining the street of Boston Marathon for my first time next April in the Boston Marathon]. Can’t wait for it!”

The 2020 world leader Evans Chebet, New York City Marathon winner Albert Korir, and three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM MEN

  1. Kenenisa Bekele      (ETH) 2:01.41
  2. Titus Ekiru               (KEN) 2:02.57
  3. Evans Chebet           (KEN) 2:03.00
  4. Lawrence Cherono  (KEN) 2:03.04
  5. Bernard Koech         (KEN) 2:04.09
  6. Lemi Berhanu          (ETH) 2:04.33
  7. Lelisa Desisa            (ETH) 2:04.45
  8. Gabriel Geay             (TAN) 2:04.55
  9. Benson Kipruto        (KEN) 2:05.13
  10. Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) 2:05.23
  11. Eric Kiptanui             (KEN) 2:05.47
  12. Bethwell Yegon         (KEN) 2:06.14
  13. Geoffrey Kirui            (KEN) 2:06.27
  14. Eyob Faniel                 (ITA) 2:07.19
  15. Yuki Kawauchi           (JPN) 2:07.27
  16. Albert Korir                (KEN) 2:08.03
  17. Amanuel Mesel          (ERI) 2:08.17
  18. Bayelign Teshager     (ETH) 2:08.28
  19. Tsegay Weldibanos    (ERI) 2:09.07
  20. Scott Fauble                (USA) 2:09.09
  21. Colin Bennie               (USA) 2:09.38
  22. Trevor Hofbauer         (CAN) 2:09.51
  23. Jared Ward                   (USA) 2:09.25
  24. Ian Butler                     (USA) 2:09.45
  25. Mick Iacofano             (USA) 2:09.55
  26. Jake Riley                     (USA) 2:10.02
  27. Jerrell Mock                 (USA) 2:10.37
  28. Jemal Yimer                (ETH) 2:10.38
  29. Juan Luis Barrios       (MEX) 2:10.55
  30. Matt McDonald          (USA) 2:11.10
  31. Matt Llano                   (USA) 2:11.14
  32. Elkanah Kibet              (USA) 2:11.15
  33. CJ Albertson                (USA) 2:11.18
  34. Diego Estrada              (USA) 2:11.54

Benson Kipruto saviour for Kenya as he lifts Boston title

Kenya’s Benson Kipruto was savior for his nation as he clinched the first marathon major at the 125th edition of the Boston Marathon that was held on Monday (11) in Boston.

Kipruto who took lead and never looked back and went on to cut the tape in as he won his biggest race of his career in 2:09.51. He adds Monday’s win in Boston to his victories at the 2021 Prague Marathon and the 2018 Toronto Marathon.

Kipruto finished 10th at the 2019 Boston Marathon. His best finish came in the 2019 Toronto Marathon when he crossed the finish line in 2:05.13.

Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu came in second in a time of 2:10.37 with his fellow country-mate Jemal Winer closing the first three podium finishes in 2:10.38.

United Staes Collin Bennie was the top American runner, coming in seventh in 2:11.26.