Thursday, April 11, 2013
Elite field at the 117th 2013 Boston Marathon April 15
World's oldest annual marathon since 1897, the Boston Marathon, hosted by several cities in Greater Boston in eastern Massachusetts, USA and held traditionally on Patriots' Day on the 3rd Monday of April, will start for the 117th time coming Monday 15 April 2013 as 117th 2013 John Hancock Boston Marathon.
It has been managed by the Boston Athletic Association since 1897 a year after the first modern-day marathon competition at the 1896 Olympics in Athens.
It is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race and one of the six World Marathon Majors (WMM). However performances at Boston Marathon are not ratified by IAAF as eligible for World record consideration due to the elevation drop of more than 1:1000 or 1m/km and point-to-point in Start-to-Finish separation measurement of more than 21km, hence the feat of 2:03:02 performed by Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya on 18 April 2011 right here was merely recognised by IAAF as "fastest Marathon ever run" while the then world record of 2:03:59 Berlin 2008 held by distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia remained till Patrick Makau of Kenya ran 2:03:38 in Berlin 5 months later which is the existing world record.
Top contenders (with PB's) among the elite field :
[CR 2:03:02 Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) 2011, WR 2:03:38 Patrick Makau (KEN) Berlin 2011]
Lelisa Desisa Benti (ETH) - 2:04:45 Dubai 2013
Gebregziabher Gebremariam (ETH) - 2:04:53 Boston 2011
Markos Geneti (ETH) - 2:04:54 Dubai 2012
Levy Matebo (KEN) - 2:05:16 Frankfurt 2011
Dickson Chumba KEN) - 2:05:46 Eindhoven (CR)
Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot (KEN) - 2:05:52 Boston 2010
Wesley Korir (KEN) - 2:06:13 Chicago 2012 - [Defending champion]
Raji Assfa (ETH) - 2:06:24 Paris 2012
Deriba Merga (ETH) - 2:06:38 London 2006
[The organisers had on January announced the participation of three local 2012 Olympians viz. Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman and Ryan Hall, however none of the trio will be able to make it to the starting line as Med Keflezighi withdrew due to a calf injury and Abdi Abdirahman is down with illness following Ryan Hall's pullout last month]
[ CR 2:20:43 - Margaret Okayo (KEN) 2002, WR 2:15:25 Paula Radcliffe (GBR) London 2003]
Meseret Hailu Debele (ETH) - 2:21:09 Amsterdam 2012 (CR)
Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene (ETH) - 2:21:19 Berlin 2012
Mamitu Daska (ETH) - 2:21:59 Frankfurt 2011
Rita Jeptoo (KEN) - 2:22:04 Chicago 2012
Sharon Cherop (KEN) - 2:22:39 Dubai 2012 - [Defending champion]
Madai Perez (MEX) - 2:22:59 Chicago 2006 (NR)