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Meet the elite men’s Boston Marathon field

A look at the field of elite runners who will compete in the Boston Marathon on April 15 (see the women’s elite field):

Wesley Korir

  • Personal Best: 2:06:13 (Chicago, 2012)

  • Age: 30

  • Country: Kenya

  • Boston Marathon: First in 2012 (2:12:40)

  • Of Notes: Won the Los Angeles Marathon in 2009 and 2010, and also won the Chicago Marathon in 2008. Last year, he overcame a blistering 85-degree temperature to win Boston. At the University of Louisville, earned All-America status by placing third in the 5,000-meter run at the 2007 NCAA Championship.


Lelisa Desisa Benti

  • Personal Best: 2:04:45 (Dubai, 2013)

  • Age: 23

  • Country: Ethiopia

  • Boston Marathon: Debut

Gebregziabher Gebremariam

  • Personal Best: 2:04:53 (Boston, 2011)

  • Age: 28

  • Country: Ethiopia

  • Boston Marathon: 14th in 2012 (2:22:56), third in 2011 (2:04:53)

  • Of Notes:

  • Of Notes: Boston finish in 2011 shaved more than three minutes off his personal-best time. Won the New York City Marathon in 2010 (2:08:14), and began competing internationally as a junior in 2002. Won the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 2009.

Markos Geneti

  • Personal Best: 2:04:54 (Dubai, 2012)

  • Age: 28

  • Country: Ethiopia

  • Boston Marathon: Debut

  • Of Notes: Trains with Gebremariam. Made debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Marathon and broke the course record by almost two minutes with a time of 2:06:35. In December, he challenged 2012 London Olympic Marathon bronze medalist Wilson Kipsang over the challenging Honolulu course and finished runner-up.

Deriba Merga

  • Personal Best: 2:06:38 (London, 2008)

  • Age: 32

  • Country: Ethiopia

  • Boston Marathon: At Boston in 2009, stifled Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot’s three-peat attempt by running away from the lead pack in the Newton Hills, unchallenged to the finish. He became just one of three Ethiopian men to interrupt Kenyan dominance of the event over the past 25 years.

Levy Matebo

  • Personal Best: 2:05:16 (Frankfurt, 2011)

  • Age: 23

  • Country: Kenya

  • Boston Marathon: Second in 2012 (2:13:06)

  • Of Notes:

  • In last year’s Boston Marathon, was the leader from Newton Hills until Mile 25, when the heat and Wesley Korir caught up with him. Last fall, Matebo over-trained and finished a disappointing 12th in Chicago.

Dickson Chumba

  • Personal Best: 2:05:46 (Eindhoven, 2012)

  • Age: 26

  • Country: Kenya

  • Boston Marathon: DNF in 2012

  • Of Notes: Last year, Chumba finished second in Xiamen in January, and in October set a 2:05:46 course record in Eindhoven to better his personal best by more than a minute and a half. He has not fared as well in the Majors, having failed to finish in both Chicago and Boston.

Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot

  • Personal Best: 2:05:52 (Boston, 2010)

  • Age: 24

  • Country: Kenya

  • Boston Marathon:

  • Sixth in 2011 (2:06:43), first in 2010 (2:05:52), fifth in 2009 (2:10:06)

  • Of Note: Cheruiyot first came to Boston in 2009 and finished fifth, he gained valuable course experience. The following year he broke up the lead pack, which included defending champion Deriba Merga, to run a stunning 2:05:52 and snap Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot’s previous 2:07:14 course record.

Raji Assefa

  • Personal Best: 2:06:24 (France, 2012)

  • Age: 26

  • Country: Ethiopia

  • Boston Marathon: Debut

  • Of Notes: Has represented Ethiopia on three IAAF World Half Marathon teams and finished 12th in 2007 and 14th in 2008. His marathon debut in Vienna was a learning experience and he has quickly improved his performance by more than 10 minutes.

Jeffrey Hunt

  • Personal Best: 2:11:00 (Beppu, 2010)

  • Age: 30

  • Country: Australia

  • Boston Marathon: Debut

  • Of Notes:

  • Specializing in the steeplechase early in his career, Hunt said his transition to the roads was a key turning point. Named to the Australian Olympic team because of his consistency, Hunt said, “Competing in the 2012 London Olympic Marathon was my proudest accomplishment. Representing Australia at the pinnacle of sporting events was a dream come true, albeit with a result that is not indicative of my ability.”

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