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One added, one dropped from Boston Marathon elite field

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  March 28, 2013 11:05 AM

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Former Boston Marathon champion Deriba Merga of Ethiopia has joined the field for this year's race on April 15, race sponsor John Hancock Financial announced Thursday.

Guor Marial, who ran the Olympic marathon in London unaffiliated because his home country of South Sudan was not recognized by the International Olympic Committee, dropped out of this year's Boston Marathon. Marial became a US citizen in February.

Merga won the Boston Marathon in 2009 and was third in 2010.

Race organizers extended an invitation to Marial to run in next year's race.

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