All three members of the US men’s marathon team at the London Olympics will run this year’s Boston Marathon, event sponsor John Hancock Financial announced Tuesday.
Ryan Hall, who holds the Boston Marathon American record, Meb Keflezighi, and Abdi Abdirahman headline the list of elite American men entered in the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, and will be joined by Jason Hartmann and Fernando Cabada.
The elite American women’s field includes Serena Burla, Stephanie Rothstein, and Alissa McKaig. Olympic marathoners Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher were previously announced as entrants this year.
“Boston, as with so many other marathoners, holds a special place in my heart and mind,” said Hall via a press release. “I go back this year eager to experience all that Boston has to offer: the epic crowds, the challenging course, but mainly to be a part of and make history. Having been a part of the fastest marathon ever run on the planet in 2011, I know what is possible at Boston and what can be done on that course. I believe that each time I race Boston I get to know the course better and learn how to race it smarter. I am sure that this year’s race will be my best yet.”
Hall finished fourth and set an American course record in Boston in 2011 with a time of 2:04.58 in the same race Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest marathon ever (2:03.02).
Keflezighi was fourth at the Olympic marathon in London after winning the US trials. He was fifth at Boston in 2010.
Abdirahman, who competed in the 10,000 at the Olympics in 2000, 2004, and 2008 before switching to the marathon for the 2012 Games, will run his first Boston.
“I’m so happy to be running the Boston Marathon this spring,” said Abdirahman. “It is one of the greatest and oldest marathons in the world and it has long been a dream of mine to run here.”
Both Abdirahman and Hall did not finish the Olympic marathon.
Hartmann was the top American at the 2012 Boston Marathon with his fourth-place finish.
Burla, who had a malignant tumor removed from her hamstring in 2010, has made a remarkable comeback with a third-place finish at a marathon in Korea in 2012 and a second-place finish in 2011.
Rothstein was third at the 2012 Honolulu Marathon and had a personal-best 2:29.35 in a third-place finish in Houston in 2011. McKaig was eighth at the 2012 US Olympic trials.
“We are proud to welcome America’s finest marathoners this year - Olympians and rising stars alike - to challenge some of the best runners that the world has to offer,” said Tom Grilk, the executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the Boston Marathon.
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