Former Marathon World Record holder Patrick Makau Musyoki is topping the list of heavy weights announced for this year’s Boston Marathon that is to be held on April 20th.
Makau, who dazzled the marathon world after setting the global mark of 2:03.38 in Berlin in 2011, commands a galaxy of decorated line-up for the annual showbiz that will pity former champions against the time run by challengers.
The star, who celebrates his 30th birthday on March 2, would be marshaling six fellow Kenyans that include two-times World Champion Abel Kirui and past winner Wesley Korir (2012), who is the current Legislature for Charang’anyi in Trans-Nzoia.
According to the line-up announced by the organizers on Tuesday, the invitation brings on board five past champions of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race with the last two winners, Lelisa Delisa (2013) and defending champion Meb Keflezighi, boosting the race.
Other Kenyans adding colour to the mix include last year’s runners up Wilson Chebet (2:05.04), upcoming Frankline Chepkwony (2:06.11) and cross-country specialist cum-marathoner Bernard ‘Junior’ Kipyego, with career best of 2:06.22.
In women, the absence of defending champion Rita Jeptoo leaves the Kenyan flag in the hands of the pair of Sharon Cherop and Caroline Kilel who would be facing each other for the third time at the Boston Marathon.
Cherop and Kilel, all former champions, will compete with experience against Ethiopians Mare Dibaba (2:19.52) and Burunesh Deba (2:19.59) who finished third and second last year behind the degraced Jeptoo.
Caroline Rotich (2:23.22) and Commonwealth Games and Africa 10,000 champion Joyce Chepkirui (2:30.23) are joining the duo while Cynthia Limo will be in Boston to make her marathon debut.
Makau recently won the challenging 2014 Fukuoka Marathon and is also a past winner of marathons in Frankfurt and Rotterdam.
Multiple World half- Marathon Champion Zersenay Tadese will be making his Boston Marathon debut. The Eritrean still holds the world record for the half marathon and has won global medals on the track and cross-country.
Among the ladies, Mare Dibaba recently retained her Xiamen Marathon title, equaling her PB of 2:19:52, which makes her the fastest in the field. Deba is champion of eight US marathons and was runner-up in Boston last year, clocking a PB of 2:19:59.
Men Line Up;
Patrick Makau (KEN) 2:03:38
Lelisa Desisa (ETH) 2:04:45
Yemane Tsegay (ETH) 2:04:48
Tadese Tola (ETH) 2:04:4
Gebregziabher Gebremariam (ETH) 2:04:53
Abel Kirui (KEN) 2:05:04
Wilson Chebet (KEN) 2:05:27
Frankline Chepkwony (KEN) 2:06:11
Wesley Korir (KEN) 2:06:13
Bernard Kipyego (KEN) 2:06:22
Abderrahime Bouramdane (MAR) 2:07:33
Dathan Ritzenhein (USA) 2:07:47
Lusapho April (RSA) 2:08:32
Meb Keflezighi (USA) 2:08:37
Vitaliy Shafar (UKR) 2:09:37
Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 2:10:41
Dylan Wykes (CAN) 2:10:47
Jeffrey Eggleston (USA) 2:10:52
Nicholas Arciniaga (USA) 2:11:30
Fernando Cabada (USA) 2:11:36
Mare Dibaba (ETH) 2:19:52
Buzunesh Deba (ETH) 2:19:59
Aberu Kebede (ETH) 2:20:30
Shalane Flanagan (USA) 2:21:14
Aleksandra Duliba (BLR) 2:21:29
Mamitu Daska (ETH) 2:21:59
Ejegayehu Dibaba (ETH) 2:22:09
Sharon Cherop (KEN) 2:22:28
Caroline Kilel (KEN) 2:22:34
Desiree Davila Linden (USA) 2:22:38
Caroline Rotich (KEN) 2:23:22
Marisa Barros (POR) 2:25:04
Lisa Stublic Nemec (CRO) 2:25:44
Amy Hastings (USA) 2:27:03
Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) 2:30:23
Cynthia Limo (KEN) debut