World champion Geoffrey Kirui and two-time World champion Edna Kiplagat will lead Kenya’s elite athletes at this year’s Boston marathon set today, Monday in Boston, USA.
Kirui and Kiplagat seek to reclaim the titles they won in 2017, having been affected by bad weather last year.
Kirui won the 2017 title in two hours, nine minutes and 37 seconds with other strong contenders in the men’s race including Lawrence Cherono a two-time Amsterdam Marathon Champion, Kenneth Kipkemoi, Felix Kandie, Festus Talam, Wesley Korir and Benson Kipruto.
Stiff competition is expected with Ethiopian’s duo Sisay Lemma and Solomon Deksisa, Eritrea’s 2015 World marathon champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, six-time world half marathon champion Zersenay Tadese and Yuki Kawauchi of Japan.
Kiplagat will lead Kenya’s female elite line up as she attempts to put the 2018 debacle behind her and prove her 2017 victory having finished in 2:21:53.
Other strong contenders in the women’s race are previous winners Sharon Cherop, Caroline Rotich along with last year’s Paris Marathon champion Betsy Saina and new comer Mary Wacera who has graduated to the full marathon with full potential.
Work defending champion Desiree Linden from USA will be on the race.
The quartet of previous Boston winners will line up against a trio of Ethiopian women with sub-2:20, three-time Dubai Marathon winner Aselefech Mergia, 2015 world champion Mare Dibaba and 2017 Dubai winner Worknesh Degefa.
Kenya’s 2012 Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Sally Kipyego will also line up in Boston, while Sara Hall and Lindsay Flanagan will lead the US contingent.