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Elite field announced for 2011 Boston Marathon

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  February 10, 2011 10:19 AM

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The 2010 Boston Marathon winners -- Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot and Teyba Erkesso -- will defend their titles this year. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Both of the defending champions will return for this year's Boston Marathon, officials announced today.

Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot and Teyba Erkesso headline the field of elite runners who have committed to the race April 18, which will be the 115th Boston Marathon.

Other top men's elite runners planning to compete include Geoffrey Mutai, who ran the second-fastest marathon in the world last year (2:04.55), and 2010 Boston runner-up Tekeste Kebede.

On the women's side, past champions Salina Kosgei and Dire Tune and four-time winner Catherine Ndereba will participate.

The complete elite field released by sponsor John Hancock is listed below, with country and personal best marathon time.

Men


  • Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, Kenya,2:05:52 (Boston, 2010) CR

  • Geoffrey Mutai, Kenya, 2:04:55 (Rotterdam, 2010)

  • Ryan Hall, USA, 2:06:17 (London, 2008)

  • Gilbert Yegon, Kenya, 2:06:18 (Amsterdam, 2009)

  • Evans Cheruiyot, Kenya, 2:06:25 (Chicago, 2008)

  • Tadese Tola, Ethiopia, 2:06:31 (Frankfurt, 2010)

  • Sylvester Teimet, Kenya, 2:06:49 (Seoul, 2010) CR

  • Bekana Daba, Ethiopia, 2:07:04 (Houston, 2011) CR

  • Philip Kimutai Sanga, Kenya, 2:07:11 (Frankfurt, 2010)

  • Shadrack Kiplagat, Kenya, 2:07:53 (Amsterdam, 2007)

  • Tekeste Kebede, Ethiopia, 2:07:23 (Boston, 2010)

  • Feleke Abreham Cherkos, Ethiopia, 2:07:29 (Amsterdam, 2010)

  • Deressa Chimsa Edae, Ethiopia, 2:07:54 (Dubai, 2009)

  • Stephen Kibiwot, Kenya, 2:07:54 (Praha, 2009)

  • Robert Kipchumba, Kenya, 2:08:07 (Xiamen, 2011) CR

  • Gebregziabher Gebremariam, Ethiopia, 2:08:14 (New York City 2010)

  • Moses Kigen Kipkosgei, Kenya, 2:10:12 (Nairobi, 2009) CR

  • Antonio Vega, USA, 2:13:47 (Boston, 2010)

  • Peter Kamais, Kenya, 2:14:5 (New York City, 2010)

  • Alistair Cragg, Ireland, Debut

  • Moses Mosop, Kenya, Debut


Women

  • Teyba Erkesso, Ethiopia, 2:23:53 (Houston, 2010) CR

  • Galina Bogomolova, Russia, 2:20:47 (Chicago, 2006)

  • Sharon Cherop, Kenya, 2:22:43 (Toronto, 2010) CR

  • Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene, Ethiopia, 2:22:44 (Toronto, 2010)

  • Merima Mohammed, Ethiopia, 2:23:06 (Toronto, 2010)

  • Salina Kosgei, Kenya, 2:23:22 (Berlin, 2006)

  • Caroline Kilel, Kenya, 2:23:25 (Frankfurt, 2010)

  • Dire Tune, Ethiopia, 2:23:44 (Frankfurt, 2010)

  • Alice Timbilili, Kenya, 2:25:03 (Amsterdam, 2010)

  • Kim Smith, New Zealand, 2:25:21 (London, 2010)

  • Kara Goucher, USA, 2:25:52 (New York, 2008)

  • Tatyana Pushkareva, Russia, 2:26:14 (Boston, 2010)

  • Desiree Davila, USA, 2:26:20 (Chicago, 2010)

  • Teyba Naser, Ethiopia, 2:26:20 (Los Angeles, 2010)

  • Silvia Skvortsova, Russia, 2:26:24 (Berlin, 2009)

  • Werknesh Kidane, Ethiopia, 2:27:15 (Dubai, 2011)

  • Hellen Mugo, Kenya, 2:27:16 (Carpi, 2010)

  • Yuliya Ruban, Ukraine, 2:27:44 (Frankfurt, 2010)

  • Woynishet Girma, Ethiopia, 2:27:51 (Amsterdam, 2010)

  • Blake Russell, USA, 2:29:10 (Chicago, 2005)

  • Florence Kiplagat, Kenya, Debut


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