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John Hancock Announces Entire Boston Marathon Elite Field






JOHN HANCOCK FINANCIAL ANNOUNCES

2010 BOSTON MARATHON ELITE ATHLETE FIELD

In Celebration of John Hancock’s 25th
Anniversary as Principal Sponsor

44 Elite Athletes From Ten Countries Invited for
114th Running on April 19

 

BOSTON,
MA,
February, 23, 2010‰ÛÓJohn Hancock Financial
today announced the elite field of 44 athletes from ten countries for the 114th
running of the Boston Marathon on April 19.  A complete field list follows.

Headlining
the field, and recently announced, are defending champions Deriba Merga and
Salina Kosgei, and past champions Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Catherine Ndereba,
Dire Tune and Lidiya Grigoryeva.

On
the men’s side, nine have raced under 2:07 with top contenders, Abderrahim
Goumri, Evans Cheruiyot, Gilbert Yegon, Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot and Chala
Dechase leading the challenge.

Americans
chasing the champions are Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, Jason Lehmkuhle, Josh
Rohatinsky and Antonio Vega
. 
International newcomers to the course include Elijah Keitany, Samuel
Mugo, David Mandago, Mohammed Amyn and additional talent. 

In
the women’s race the four returning champions will face Teyba Erkesso, Yurika
Nakamura, Weiwei Sun, Nailya Yulamanova, Agnes Kiprop and new marathoners
Mestewat Tufa and Chaofeng Jia. 

Madai
Perez also returns after maternity leave and Burna Genovese, Albina Mayorova,
Koren Jelela Yal, American Michelle Frey and Waynishet Girma are among other
women in the mix. 

114th Boston Marathon John
Hancock’s 2010 Elite Athlete Field

Men’s Open Field

Personal Best

Deriba
Merga, Ethiopia

2:06:38
(London, 2008)

Robert
Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenya

2:07:14
(Boston, 2006) CR

Ryan
Hall, USA

2:06:17
(London, 2008)

Abderrahim
Goumri, Morocco

2:05:30
(London, 2008)

Gilbert
Yegon, Kenya

2:06:18
(Amsterdam, 2009)



Robert
Kiprono Cheruiyot, Kenya

2:06:23
(Frankfurt, 2009)

Evans
Cheruiyot, Kenya

2:06:25
(Chicago, 2008)

Chala
Dechase, Ethiopia

2:06:33
(Dubai, 2010)

Elijah
Keitany, Kenya

2:06:41
(Amsterdam, 2009)

David
Kipkorir Mandago, Kenya

2:06:53
(Paris, 2009)

Benjamin
Maiyo, Kenya

2:07:09
(Chicago, 2005)

Tekeste
Kebede, Ethiopia

2:07:52
(Fukuoka, 2009)

Gashaw
Asfaw, Ethiopia

2:08:03
(Paris, 2006)

John
Kipkorir Komen, Kenya

2:08:06
(Reims, 2008)

Samuel
Mugo, Kenya

2:08:20
(Beijing, 2009)

Stephen
Kiogora, Kenya

2:08:24
(Frankfurt, 2008)

Mebrahtom
Keflezighi, USA

2:09:15
(New York City, 2009)

Moses
Kipkosgei Kigen, Kenya

2:10:12
(Nairobi, 2009)

Abdellah
Falil, Morocco

2:12:37
(Turin, 2009)

Jason
Lehmkuhle, USA

2:12:54
(New York City, 2007)

Cutbert
Nyasango, Zimbabwe

2:13:19
(Berlin, 2009)

Alejandro
Suarez, Mexico

2:13:33
(Torreon, 2009)

Josh
Rohatinsky, USA

2:14:23
(New York City, 2008)

Antonio
Vega, USA

2:15:45
(Minneapolis/St.Paul, 2009)

Mohammed
Amyn, Morocco

Debut

Women’s Open Field

Personal Best

Salina
Kosgei, Kenya

2:23:22
(Berlin, 2006)

Catherine
Ndereba, Kenya

2:18:47
(Chicago, 2001) NR

Madai
Perez, Mexico

2:22:59
(Chicago, 2006) NR

Teyba
Erkesso, Ethiopia

2:23:53
(Houston, 2010)

Dire
Tune, Ethiopia

2:24:40
(Houston, 2008)

Lidiya
Grigoryeva, Russia

2:25:10
(Los Angeles, 2006)

Weiwei
Sun, China

2:25:15
(Beijing, 2002)

Bruna
Genovese, Italy

2:25:28
(Boston, 2006)

Albina
Mayorova-Ivanova, Russia

2:25:35
(Chicago, 2003)

Yurika
Nakamura, Japan

2:25:51
(Nagoya, 2008)

Agnes
Kiprop, Kenya

2:26:22
(Turin, 2009)

Nailya
Yulamanova, Russia

2:26:30
(Rotterdam, 2009)

Koren
Jelela Yal, Ethiopia

2:28:41
(Venice, 2009)

Waynishet
Girma, Ethiopia

2:29:50
(Amsterdam, 2009)

Tatyana
Pushkareva, Russia

2:30:30
(San Antonio, 2009)

Meseret
Legese, Ethiopia

2:31:37
(Padova, 2009)

Michelle
Frey, USA

2:35:51
(Minneapolis/St. Paul, 2006)

Mestewat
Tufa, Ethiopia

Debut

Chaofeng
Jia, China

Debut

 

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John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial Corporation

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Hancock Financial is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading
Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 22
countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada
and in most of Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States,
Manulife Financial Corporation offers clients a diverse range of financial

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products and wealth management services through its extensive network of
employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife
Financial and its subsidiaries were $440 billion
(US$420 billion) as at December 31, 2009
.

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Financial Corporation trades as ‰Û¢MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‰Û¢945′
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largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range
of financial products and services, including life insurance,
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