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Eliud Kipchoge to lead a decorated field at Boston Marathon

World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge, will headline a star studded deep elite field at the 127th edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held on Monday, April 17, 2023 on Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The 38 year-old who is also a double Olympic gold medalist will square it out with the race defending champion Evans Chebet, the 2021 winner Benson Kipruto, and two-time victor Lelisa Desisa.

Tanzania’s National Record holder Gabriel Geay, the third fastest man on paper with a time 2:03.00 that he got last year at the Valencia Marathon where he took the silver medal, has had successful racing on the roads of Boston, winning the 2018 B.A.A. 10K, placing fourth at last year’s Boston Marathon, and finishing in second and third at the B.A.A. Half Marathon in 2019 and 2018, respectively.

The reigning New York City Marathon champion, Albert Korir, the 2015 World marathon Champion, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie and the 2020 London Marathon champion, Shura Kitata will also be on start line to fight for the top honors.

Brazil’s Daniel Nascimento, the holder of the best time of a marathon runner born outside Africa and the record holder in the Americas who seemed to disrespect the course of the 2021 New York City Marathon which eventually broke him down severely after the 33km mark, will be making his debut as well as will Ethiopia’s Herpasa Negasa, who comes to this race with the fourth fastest time of 2:03.40 that he got at the 2019 Dubai Marathon, where he finished as a runner-up.

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Eliud Kipchoge to make his debut at Boston Marathon

World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will make his marathon debut at the 127th edition edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held in April 17, 2023.

Kipchoge, who  lowered his own world record by 30 seconds to 2:01.09 Berlin Marathon, boasts an incredible career, having secured four victories apiece in the TCS London Marathon and the BMW Berlin Marathon and also triumphed at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2014 and the Tokyo Marathon this year 2022.

“I’m happy to announce in April I will compete in the Boston Marathon. A new chapter in my Abbott World Marathon Majors journey,” said Kipchoge.

The 38-year-old has never raced Boston, the worlds oldest that dates back to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.

Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.

Kipchoge’s raced last in Unites States at the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.

The two time Olympic marathon champion will become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to race the Boston Marathon in more than 40 years.

Diana Kipyokei is completely guilty, agent says

The agent of suspended Boston Marathon winner Diana Kipyokei has alleged she is “completely guilty” after her provisional sanction by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

Kenya’s Kipyokei won the women’s race in Boston last year but failed a drugs test for triamcinolone immediately afterwards.

She has also been charged with “obstructing or delaying the AIU’s investigation through the provision of false information or documentation”.

Both Kipyokei and fellow Kenyan marathon runner Betty Wilson Lempus – who has been charged with tampering a probe into her own failed triamcinolone test – are represented by Italian Gianni Demadonna.

He told LetsRun: “We establish a policy – they have to tell us every time they take a medicine.

“If they don’t tell us, they are guilty.

“What can I do?

“I cannot stay with the athletes.

“I cannot live with them.

“After 30 years, I am working this business and nobody can say to me ‘you are not correct or you are doing things that are not correct’.

“I can defend myself always without any problem.

“I am so, so sad about this situation that spoiled my name and spoiled the name of [clean] athletes that are doing their own training – not with something else.”

Demadonna added that 28-year-old Kipyokei, whose surname has also been spelt Kipyogei, told him a doctor had prescribed her triamcinolone but that her story was inconsistent.

“She never said to us the real name of the doctor,” he said.

“I don’t know if she’s afraid of consequences.

“But as far as we understood, she was trying to cheat us.

“She gave us some stories, and we said, ‘sorry, but you changed three times the name of the doctor’.

“Diana is completely guilty.

“I am sorry.

“She has done something very bad.”

The AIU said that Kipyokei would be disqualified as Boston Marathon champion if the allegations against her are proven.

Her case will be heard and she will also have the right to appeal.

Kipyokei won the race, one of the World Marathon Majors, in 2 hours 24min 45sec on October 11 last year, beating fellow Kenyan and two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat into second place.

Diana Kipyokei has been charged after a failed drugs test and for alleged obstruction of an investigation ©Getty Images

“The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) has received the Athletics Integrity Unit findings in regards to Diana Kipyokei,” a statement from race organisers said.

“As a result of the AIU findings and in conformance with World Athletics and BAA event rules, Kipyokei’s result in the 2021 Boston Marathon will be disqualified, pending the completion of relevant athlete appeals processes.

“The Boston Athletic Association supports strict anti-doping measures to ensure fair competition and clean sport.

“Athletes in the professional divisions at the Boston Marathon are tested in accordance with the guidelines set forth by World Athletics, the World Anti-Doping Agency, and the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

“The BAA is committed to providing a fair environment for competition and supports all measures that ensure the integrity of the sport.

“The BAA will adjust race rankings and will provide prize award adjustments to top finishers of the 2021 event, pending the sanctioning.”

Triamcinolone, a type of steroid, is usually used to treat skin conditions and rheumatic disorders and is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list.

It has become a problem substance in Kenyan athletics as 10 athletes tested positive between 2021 and this year.

The AIU said that in the same period globally, only two athletes from other countries had failed a test for triamcinolone.

Only three Kenyans tested positive between 2017 and 2020, suggesting a growing trend.

Mark Kangogo, a Kenyan who won the Sierre-Zinal 2022 mountain race in Switzerland, was last week banned for three years after triamcinolone was detected in his sample.

Four other cases involving Kenyans and the substance are currently ongoing at the AIU.

Peres Jepchirchir beats stubborn Ethiopian at Boston Marathon

Olympic Champion, Peres Jepchirchir took the top honors in style as he beat her stubborn opponent, Ababel Yeshaneh from Ethiopia at the 126th edition of the Boston Marathon that was held on Monday (18) in Boston, United States.

Jepchirchir became became the first woman athlete to win an Olympic marathon gold medal, New York Marathon and Boston Marathon, when she cut the tape in a time of 2:21.01

The 28 year-old performed one of the greatest finishes in Boston marathon history in the women’s race as she edged out the Yeshaneh who seemed to be more strong with a finish kick but she did not match the quality of the sprint to finish from Jepchirchir who forced her to settle in second place when she crossed the line four seconds later.

The 2014 World Half marathon silver medallist, Mary Ngugi beat our veteran runner Ednah Kiplagat as she closed the podium three finishes in 2:21.32 with the two times world marathon champion coming home in fourth in 2:21.40.

Monicah Ngige, who made her marathon debut here last year, the 2021 New York Marathon silver medallist, Violah Cheptoo who is also the sister to 2004 Olympics 1500m silver medallist, Bernard Langat and World Half Marathon Silver medallist, Joyciline Jepkosgei came home in fourth, fifth and sixth place in a time of 2:22.13, 2:23.47 and 2:24.43 respectively.

 

Evans Chebet wins Boston Marathon

Kenya’s Evans Chebet took the top honors at the 126th edition of the Boston Marathon that was held on Monday (18) in Boston, United States.

The 33 year-old, who is the 7th-fastest marathoner in history, came to this race with a Personal best of 2:03:00 that he got at the 2020 Valencia marathon led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish when he cut the tape in 2:06.51.

Chebet was followed by the 2019 winner Lawrence Cherono, who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:03.04 that he got at the 2020 Valencia Marathon but could not hold the pace of later and being forced to settle in second in a time of 2:07.21.

Defending champion, Benson Kipruto could not hold the fast pace of Chebet and Cherono as he closed the podium three finishes in a time of 2:07.27

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

Boston Marathon bans athletes from Russia and Belarus

The Boston Athletics Association has banned athletes from Russia and Belarus from competing in the Boston Marathon, which takes place Monday (11) in Boston.

The BAA released the press statement on Wednesday, citing the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the assistance of the Belarus government.

“Like so many around the world, we are horrified and outraged by what we have seen and learned from the reporting in Ukraine,” said BAA President & CEO Tom Grilk.

“We believe that running is a global sport, and as such, we must do what we can to show our support to the people of Ukraine.”

The race organisers said that the Russian and Belarusian runners that were accepted into the elite race would be refunded back their money.

No Russian or Belarusian men have ever won the annual race since it began in 1897. Lidiya Grigoryeva was the last Russian woman to win the 26.2-mile competition in 2007.

The 25th edition of the marathon was won by Diana Chemtai Kipyogei from Kenya who had only run two marathons prior to competing in Boston.

Kenenisa Bekele withdraws from Boston Marathon

World marathon second fastest runner, Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia has withdrawn from Boston marathon that will be held in April 18, 2020.

The 39 year-old said he was “just not ready” and wanted to avoid repeating his last marathon in New York City in November, when he finished sixth while running six minutes slower than he did at the Berlin Marathon six weeks earlier. He said in a finish-area interview that day that he had a little hip problem.

“All focus on fall marathon,” his agent Jos Hermens said Tuesday. “He knows the next one has to be a good one!”

The three times Olympic champion was due to race the world’s oldest annual marathon for the first time.

The former 5000m and 10,000m world-record holder on the track, made his marathon debut in 2014 and ascended to win Berlin in 2016 in 2:03.03, then the second-fastest time in history.

The five times world champion has started eight marathons with these results: a win (in Berlin in 2019 in 2:01.41, missing Eliud Kipchoge‘s world record by two seconds), a runner-up, a third, two sixths and three DNFs. He also withdrew before the 2020 London Marathon.

Geoffrey Kamworor targets the Podium at Boston Marathon

Three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor will target the podium at the 126th edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held on Monday April 18, 2022.

The two time New York City marathon champion said he has been healed from the groin injury and preparing for the race set to attract top runners from across the world.

Kamworor pulled out of the Agnes Tirop Memorial World Cross Country championships that were held last month after picking a groin injury few hours to the event.

The 29 year-old won the world half marathon titles in 2014 in Copenhagen in Denmark, before defending his title two years later and rounded up at the 2018 show in Valencia, Spain.

“I was well prepared for the Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour but it was very unfortunate that in the last two weeks to the race I got an injury. That groin injury was the reason for pulling out,” said the former world Athletics championships 10,000m silver medalist.

With Boston ahead of him, he decided that he was not going to compete at the race, with the course having mud and other obstacles that may ruin his injury more.

“With that course, I saw that it is better not to run because the mud and the way the course could not allow me to compete. I had to evade the tough course to avoid more problems after the race,” he added.

The two times world cross country champion will be joining a host of top athletes at the Boston marathon hoping to run to the podium as he did in the New York City Marathon.

“For now, I can say I am in top form just trying to train by sharpening skills and am ready. Right now I am going on well with my training ahead of the Boston marathon,” he added.

Joyciline Jepkosgei to face Peres Jepchirchir at Boston Marathon

Tokyo Olympic Marathon champion, Peres Jepchirchir will lead a power-packed women’s elite fiend for the 26th edition of the Boston Marathon title that will be held on Monday April 18, 2022.

Jepchirchir, who won both the Olympic and New York City Marathons last year is the fastest women in the field that was announced by the race organisers.

“We are delighted to welcome the fastest and most accomplished women’s field in the history of the Boston Marathon,” said Boston Athletic Association president and CEO Tom Grilk through a statement. “Though there have been many milestones in the five decades since the women’s division was established in Boston, this field of Olympic and Paralympic medalists, Boston champions, and global stars will make this a race to remember on Patriots’ Day.”

The adidas-sponsored athlete has a personal best of 2:17.16 that she set in Valencia in 2020

There’s something uniquely special about the Boston Marathon, and I absolutely can’t wait to line up in Hopkinton this April for the race!” Jepchirchir will face off with the London Marathon winner Joyciline Jepkosgei who holds a personal best of 2:17.43.

Seven women have broken the 2:20 barrier with a dozen running under 2:23 mark, including reigning, the 2021 London runner-up Degitu Azimeraw of Ethiopia who holds a personal best of 2:17.58 and 2021 Olympic fourth-placed Roza Dereje of Ethiopia of pb 2:18.30.

In addition to Molly Seidel, the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist will lead other top Americans like Sara Hall of 2:20.32, Des Linden (2:22.38), and Kellyn Taylor (2:24.28).

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  1. Peres Jepchirchir,           KEN, 2:17.16   (Valencia, 2020)
  2. Joyciline Jepkosgei,        KEN, 2:17.43   (London, 2021)
  3. Degitu Azimeraw,           ETH, 2:17.58   (London, 2021)
  4. Roza Dereje,                     ETH, 2:18.30   (Valencia, 2019)
  5. Zeineba Yimer,                ETH, 2:19.28   (Valencia, 2019)
  6. Edna Kiplagat                  KEN, 2:19.50   (London, 2012)
  7. Tigist Girma,                    ETH, 2:19.52   (Amsterdam, 2019)
  8. Maurine Chepkemoi,      KEN, 2:20.18   (Amsterdam, 2021)
  9. Sara Hall,                          USA, 2:20.32  (Chandler, 2020)
  10. Desiree Linden,               USA, 2:22.38 (Boston, 2011)
  11. Viola Cheptoo,                KEN, 2:22.44  (New York City, 2021)
  12. Purity Changwony,         KEN, 2:22.46   (Ampugnano, 2021)
  13. Charlotte Purdue,           GBR, 2:23.26   (London, 2021)
  14. Kellyn Taylor,                   USA, 2:24.28   (Duluth, 2018)
  15. Molly Seidel,                    USA, 2:24.42   (New York City, 2021)
  16. Malindi Elmore               CAN, 2:24.50  (Houston, 2020)
  17. Mary Ngugi,                     KEN, 2:25.20  (Boston, 2021)
  18. Monicah Ngige,               KEN, 2:25.32  (Boston, 2021)