3 Kenyans to race historic 125th Boston Marathon

It's an exciting year for athletics.

Kenneth Kipkemoi (left) of Kenya, Lelisa Desisa (centre) of Ethiopia and Lawrence Cherono (right) of Kenya take part in the 123rd Boston Marathon, on April 15, 2019, in Boston. COURTESY: AP

Two-time World Champion Edna Kiplagat, two-time World Athletics Champion Caroline Rotich and 2017 World Athletics Marathon Champion Geoffrey Kirui will compete at the 2021 Boston Marathon set to held on Monday, October 11.

The field for the 125th Boston Marathon will include 13 former champions with a combined 30 first-place Boston finishes, the Boston Athletic Association announced on Wednesday.

The group competing on the historic marathon includes World Athletics Marathon champions, Paralympic medalists, Abbott World Marathon Majors winners, and Olympians.

Kiplagat and Rotich will be up against 2018 Boston marathon winner; American Desiree Linden and 2016 Boston marathon winner; Ethiopian Atsede Baysa.

On the men's side, Kirui will battle it out against 2016 Boston marathon winner; Ethiopian Lemi Berhanu and 2018 Boston marathon winner; Japanese Yuki Kawauchi.

The marathon which is set to celebrate its' 125th year anniversary has seen 22 Kenyan men and 12 women win the annual event. Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot and Catherine Ndereba are the most successful athletes with four wins each.

The Boston marathon is among six other World Marathon Majors (WMM) (known for sponsorship reasons as the Abbott World Marathon Majors).

WMM is a championship-style competition for marathon runners that started in 2006. The points-based competition is recognised as the most high-profile on the athletics calendar. The series comprises annual races for the cities of Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York.

This year, Boston will be the first WMM event to offer equal $50,000 course record bonuses across open and wheelchair divisions, and the first event to provide a designated prize purse for athletes with upper limb, lower limb, and visual impairments.

“We are delighted to welcome so many champions from such a diverse range of competition back to Boston for the 125th running of the Boston Marathon,” said Tom Grilk, BAA president and CEO.

“While October’s race marks a long-awaited return to racing, it will also recognize and celebrate the many world-class athletes competing for an historic prize purse across multiple divisions,” emphasised Grilk.

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