May 20, 2024

Hellen Obiri, Chebet out for Boston Marathon defense

Hellen Obiri, Chebet out for Boston Marathon defense
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Among the leading Kenyan participants are Judith Korir, the 2022 world marathon silver medallist, Sharon Lokedi, the 2022 New York champion, Helah Kiprop among others

Kenya’s Hellen Obiri and Evans Chebet are gearing up to defend their titles at this year’s Boston Marathon, an esteemed World Athletics Platinum Label road race. The marathon, scheduled for Monday, April 15th, has drawn an elite field of competitors.

Obiri, a two-time world 5000m champion, made her marathon debut in New York in 2022, clocking 2:25:49. She is expected to be the frontrunner for the title. 

Despite finishing second in the Houston Half Marathon in January with a time of 1:06:07, Obiri is determined to improve her performance this year.

 However, she faces stiff competition from Ethiopia’s Tadu Teshome and Hiwot Gebrekidan, both formidable contenders aiming to dethrone her. 

Additionally, Obiri will be challenged by her compatriots including two-time champion Edna Kiplagat and 2015 winner Caroline Rotich. 

Other notable Ethiopian contenders include Senbere Teferi and Ababel Yeshaneh.

Among the leading Kenyan participants are Judith Korir, the 2022 world marathon silver medallist, Sharon Lokedi, the 2022 New York champion, Helah Kiprop, the 2015 world silver medallist, and Mary Ngugi-Cooper, the 2014 world half marathon silver medallist.

 

 


In the pursuit of the men's Boston Marathon title, Kenya's Evans Chebet is poised to etch his name in history by aiming to become the first man since Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot in 2008 to claim three consecutive victories in the prestigious event.

Chebet emerged victorious in Boston in 2022 with a time of 2:06:51 and defended his title last year with a remarkable time of 2:05:54. He enters the race with an impressive track record, having won six of his past seven marathons.

Elite fields

Women
Tadu Teshome (ETH) 2:17:36
Hiwot Gebrekidan (ETH) 2:17:59
Judith Korir (KEN) 2:18:20
Meseret Belete (ETH) 2:18:21
Tiruye Mesfin (ETH) 2:18:47
Worknesh Edesa (ETH) 2:18:51
Senbere Teferi (ETH) 2:19:21
Dera Dida (ETH) 2:19:24
Edna Kiplagat (KEN) 2:19:50
Mary Ngugi-Cooper (KEN) 2:20:22
Sara Hall (USA) 2:20:32
Ababel Yeshaneh (ETH) 2:20:51
Vibian Chepkirui (KEN) 2:20:59
Siranesh Yirga (ETH) 2:21:08
Helah Kiprop (KEN) 2:21:27
Buze Diriba (ETH) 2:23:11
Emma Bates (USA) 2:23:18
Caroline Rotich (USA) 2:23:22
Sharon Lokedi (KEN) 2:23:23
Fatima Gardadi (MAR) 2:24:12
Angie Orjuela (COL) 2:25:35
Fabienne Konigstein (GER) 2:25:48
Hellen Obiri (KEN) 2:25:49
Desiree Linden (USA) 2:25:55
Dominique Scott (RSA) 2:27:31
Jenny Simpson (USA) n/a

Men
Sisay Lemma (ETH) 2:01:48
Evans Chebet (KEN) 2:03:00
Gabriel Geay (TAN) 2:03:00
Cyprian Kotut (KEN) 2:04:34
Haftu Teklu (ETH) 2:04:43
Shura Kitata (ETH) 2:04:49
John Korir (KEN) 2:05:01
Mohamed Esa (ETH) 2:05:05
Suguru Osako (JPN) 2:05:29
Sondre Moen (NOR) 2:05:48
Zouhair Talbi (MAR) 2:06:39
Isaac Mpofu (ZIM) 2:06:48
Albert Korir (KEN) 2:06:57
Kento Otsu (JPN) 2:08:15
Ryoma Takeuchi (JPN) 2:08:40
Sam Chelanga (USA) 2:08:50
Segundo Jami (ECU) 2:09:05
Tsegay Tuemay (ERI) 2:09:07
Matt McDonald (USA) 2:09:49
Elkanah Kibet (USA) 2:10:02 
CJ Albertson (USA) 2:10:04
David Nilsson (SWE) 2:10:09
Tristan Woodfine (CAN) 2:10:39
Yemane Haileselassie (ERI) debut