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    Defending champions to return for 2013 Boston Marathon

    Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop will attempt to defend their Boston Marathon titles in 2013, the race sponsor, John Hancock Financial, announced on Tuesday.

    The 117th Boston Marathon will be April 15.

    Korir, a Kenyan who won the 2012 race in heat in the mid- to high 80s, said defending his title is his main goal for 2013.

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    “The entire world recognizes and respects the Boston Marathon, and I am proudly a Boston Marathon champion forever,” Korir said via a news release.

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    Cherop, who is also from Kenya, won the 2012 race by two seconds.

    “I know that there are some of the best athletes in the world competing in Boston in 2013, but I’ll be ready for the big race,” Cherop said.

    Follow Matt Pepin on Twitter at @mattpep15.