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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