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    2017 Boston Marathon elite field

    Ashland, MA - 4/17/2017 - A field of elite womens runners make their way along the course during the running of the 121st Boston Marathon in Ashland, MA, April 17, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
    Keith Bedford/Globe Staff
    Atsede Baysa (right) is one of six former champions competing in Boston this year.

    This year will be the 121st running of the Boston Marathon.

    Last year’s champions, Atsede Baysa and Lemi Berhanu Hayle, will be back in Boston to defend their titles.

    Other past champions in this year’s field include Caroline Rotich of Kenya, Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia, Meb Keflezighi of the United States, and Wesley Korir of Kenya.

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    The field also includes 16 Olympians and 14 top US runners will also compete in this year’s race.

    Women's elite field
    Athlete Country Personal best
    Gladys Cherono Kenya 2:19:25 (Berlin, 2015)
    Edna Kiplagat Kenya 2:19:50 (London, 2012)
    Buzunesh Deba Ethiopia 2:19:59 (Boston, 2014) CR
    Atsede Baysa Ethiopia 2:22:03 (Chicago, 2012)
    Desiree Linden USA 2:22:38 (Boston, 2011)
    Valentine Kipketer Kenya 2:23:02 (Amsterdam, 2013)
    Caroline Rotich Kenya 2:23:22 (Chicago, 2012)
    Joyce Chepkirui Kenya 2:24:11 (Amsterdam, 2015)
    Rose Chelimo Bahrain 2:24:14 (Seoul, 2016)
    Ruti Aga Ethiopia 2:24:41 (Berlin, 2016)
    Brigid Kosgei Kenya 2:24:45 (Lisbon, 2016)
    Diane Nukuri Burundi 2:27:50 (London, 2015)
    Blake Russell USA 2:29:10 (Chicago, 2005)
    Lindsay Flanagan USA 2:29:28 (Frankfurt, 2016)
    Kellys Arias Colombia 2:29:36 (Hamburg, 2016) NR
    Rachel Hannah Canada 2:32:09 (Houston, 2016)
    Esther Atkins USA 2:33:15 (Boston, 2014)
    Liz Costello USA debut
    Jordan Hasay USA debut
    SOURCE: John Hancock Financial; NR-national record; CR-course record

    Men's elite field
    Athlete Country Personal best
    Emmanuel Mutai Kenya 2:03:13 (Berlin, 2014)
    Sammy Kitwara Kenya 2:04:28 (Chicago, 2014)
    Lemi Berhanu Hayle Ethiopia 2:04:33 (Dubai, 2016)
    Yemane Tsegay Ethiopia 2:04:48 (Rotterdam, 2012)
    Dino Sefir Ethiopia 2:04:50 (Dubai, 2012)
    Sisay Lemma Ethiopia 2:05:16 (Dubai, 2016)
    Wilson Chebet Kenya 2:05:27 (Rotterdam, 2011)
    Wesley Korir Kenya 2:06:13 (Chicago, 2012)
    Geoffrey Kirui Kenya 2:06:27 (Amsterdam, 2016)
    Yared Asmerom Eritrea 2:07:27 (Chuncheon, 2011)
    Meb Keflezighi USA 2:08:37 (Boston, 2014)
    Abdi Abdirahman USA 2:08:56 (Chicago, 2006)
    Cuthbert Nyasango Zimbabwe 2:09:52 (Prague, 2014) NR
    Galen Rupp USA 2:10:05 (Rio de Janeiro, 2016)
    Luke Puskedra USA 2:10:24 (Chicago, 2015)
    Eric Gillis Canada 2:11:21 (Toronto, 2014)
    Jared Ward USA 2:11:30 (Rio de Janeiro, 2016)
    Shadrack Biwott USA 2:12:01 (New York, 2016)
    Sean Quigley USA 2:13:30 (Fukuoka, 2013)
    Daniel Salel Kenya debut
    Suguru Osako Japan debut
    SOURCE: John Hancock Financial; NR-national record; CR-course record

    Read more about the elite field here.

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