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