2013 Boston Marathon - Updated Elite Field List

19 Mar 2013 10:16
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Press Release

John Hancock has updated its Field List for the John Hancock Elite Athlete Team. Additions to the elite field include Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene, Lelisa Desisa Benti, and Laban Korir.

  • Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene set a course record in Paris last year before finishing runner-up in Berlin in a personal best 2:21:19. This past January, she won the Dubai Marathon and has finished on the podium in ten career marathons.
  • Lelisa Desisa Benti made his marathon debut in Dubai this year and won the race in 2:04:45. A young talent, Benti won the 10,000m at the African Junior Athletics Championships in 2009 and won the gold medal in the half marathon at the All-Africa Games in 2011.
  • Laban Korir was runner-up in Amsterdam in 2011, finishing in 2:06:05. He ran the Boston Marathon last year and placed sixth.

Cancellations in the women’s field include Asefelech Mergia Medessa and Karolina Jarzynska due to lack of fitness.

Cancellations in the men’s field include Moses Mosop, Ryan Hall, Shami Dawit, Eric Gillis and Lucas Rotich due to injury. Mosop sustained a calf injury that has prevented necessary speed-work preparation. Hall missed crucial training due to a quadriceps strain.


Personal Best Time Country Lelisa Desisa Benti 2:04:45 (Dubai, 2013) Ethiopia Gebregziabher Gebremariam 2:04:53 (Boston, 2011) Ethiopia Markos Geneti 2:04:54 (Dubai, 2012) Ethiopia Levy Matebo 2:05:16 (Frankfurt, 2011) Kenya Dickson Chumba 2:05:46 (Eindhoven, 2012) CR Kenya Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot 2:05:52 (Boston, 2010) Kenya Laban Korir 2:06:05 (Amsterdam, 2011) Kenya Wesley Korir 2:06:13 (Chicago, 2012) Kenya Raji Assefa 2:06:24 (Paris, 2012) Ethiopia Abdihakem ‘Abdi’ Abdirahman 2:08:56 (Chicago, 2006) USA Mebrahtom ‘Meb’ Keflezighi 2:09:08 (Houston, 2012) USA Jeffrey Hunt 2:11:00 (Beppu, 2010) Australia Jason Hartmann 2:11:06 (Chicago, 2010) USA Fernando Cabada 2:11:53 (Houston, 2012) USA Guor Maker (formerly Marial) 2:12:55 (San Diego, 2012) NR USA/South Sudan Robin Watson 2:13:37 (Rotterdam, 2012) Canada Micah Kogo Debut Kenya


Personal Best Time Country Meseret Hailu Debele 2:21:09 (Amsterdam, 2012) CR Ethiopia Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene 2:21:19 (Berlin, 2012) Ethiopia Mamitu Daska 2:21:59 (Frankfurt, 2011) Ethiopia Rita Jeptoo 2:22:04 (Chicago, 2012) Kenya Sharon Cherop 2:22:39 (Dubai, 2012) Kenya Madai Pérez 2:22:59 (Chicago, 2006) NR Mexico Alemitu Abera Begna 2:23:14 (Houston, 2012) CR Ethiopia Tetiana Gamera-Shmyrko 2:23:58 (Osaka, 2013) Ukraine Kara Goucher 2:24:52 (Boston, 2011) USA Shalane Flanagan 2:25:38 (OT Houston, 2012) CR USA Ana Dulce Félix 2:25:40 (NYC, 2011) Portugal Yolanda Caballero 2:26:17 (Boston, 2011) Colombia Sabrina Mockenhaupt 2:26:21 (Berlin, 2010) Germany Diana Chepkemoi Sigei 2:26:53 (Dubai, 2011) Kenya Serena Burla 2:28:27 (Seoul, 2012) USA Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce 2:29:35 (Houston, 2011) USA René Kalmer 2:29:50 (Yokohama, 2011) RSA Diane Nukuri-Johnson 2:30:13 (London, 2012) NR Burundi Alissa McKaig 2:31:56 (Houston, 2012) USA

NR=National Record CR=Course Record

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