Kirui, Kiplagat to lead Kenyan line-up in Boston marathon

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World champion Geoffrey Kirui and two-time World champion Edna Kiplagat will lead Kenya’s elite athletes at this year’s Boston marathon set to be held Monday afternoon.

The line-up will feature nine previous winners of the Boston Marathon. Defending champion Yuki Kawauchi, World champion Geoffrey Kirui and two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa leads the men’s field alongside 2016 Boston winner Lemi Berhanu and 2012 Boston champion Wesley Korir.

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The five former champions will line up alongside two-time Amsterdam Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono and Ethiopian duo Sisay Lemma and Solomon Deksisa.

Eritrea’s 2015 World marathon champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie and six-time world half marathon champion Zersenay Tadese will also line up in Boston.

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In the women’s race, defending champion Desiree Linden will take on two-time world champion Edna Kiplagat, 2015 Boston Marathon champion Caroline Rotich and 2012 Boston Marathon winner Sharon Cherop.

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The quartet of previous  Boston winners will line up against a trio of Ethiopian women with sub-2:20, three-time Dubai Marathon winner Aselefech Mergia, 2015 world champion Mare Dibaba and 2017 Dubai winner Worknesh Degefa.

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Kenya’s 2012 Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Sally Kipyego will also line up in Boston, while Sara Hall and Lindsay Flanagan will lead the US contingent.

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