Two-Time Boston Champion, Reigning World Champion Desisa Enters the Boston Field – Full Lists

Two-time Boston Marathon Winner & Reigning World Champion Lelisa Desisa to return for October’s 125th Running

Desisa and fellow Ethiopian Kelkile Gezahegn added to John Hancock Professional Athlete Field

 

BOSTON—The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that two-time Boston Marathon champion, reigning World Athletics Marathon champion, and 2:04:45 marathoner Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia will compete in the 125th Boston Marathon on Monday, October 11. Desisa joins 13 previously announced Boston Marathon champions who are racing as part of the John Hancock Professional Athlete Team.

 

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“Boston has become my second home and I truly cherish my time when I am there,” said Desisa. “I return to compete still chasing my third victory in the Boston Marathon. Thank you, Boston; I look forward to putting on a good show for you on Marathon Monday!”

 

Desisa, who broke the tape first in 2013 (2:10:22) then again in 2015 (2:09:17), returns to Boston for the seventh time. In 2019, Desisa finished runner-up by a mere two seconds behind winner Lawrence Cherono. In addition to Boston and the 2019 World Championships, Desisa has previously won the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, 2013 Dubai Marathon, and earned silver at the 2013 World Athletics Championships Marathon. His lifetime best of 2:04:45 ranks third in this year’s field, featuring nine men who have run 2:06:00 or faster.

 

Additionally, 2020 Houston Marathon champion and 2:05:56 marathoner Kelkile Gezahegn will compete for top honors in October. Gezahegn has won marathons in Houston, Ljubljana, Frankfurt, and Lanzhou since 2017, with four additional wins in 2016. Gezahegn’s personal best of 2:05:56 was set en route to a third-place finish at the 2018 Rotterdam Marathon. This will be his Boston Marathon debut.

 

The complete John Hancock Professional Athlete Team field list can be found below. For media planning to cover the 125th Boson Marathon both in-person and from afar, athlete bios, race information, updated media materials, and credential application information will be available in the coming weeks.

 

WOMEN’S OPEN DIVISION

 

WOMEN

PERSONAL BEST

COUNTRY

Yebrgual Melese

2:19:36 (Dubai, 2018)

Ethiopia

Edna Kiplagat^

2:19:50 (London, 2012)

Kenya

Mare Dibaba

2:19:52 (Dubai, 2012)

Ethiopia

Workenesh Edesa

2:20:24 (Valencia, 2019)

Ethiopia

Sutume Kebede

2:20:30 (Tokyo, 2020)

Ethiopia

Jordan Hasay

2:20:57 (Chicago, 2017)

USA

Besu Sado

2:21:03 (Amsterdam, 2019)

Ethiopia

Helah Kiprop

2:21:27 (Tokyo, 2016)

Kenya

Bedatu Hirpa

2:21:32 (Frankfurt, 2018)

Ethiopia

Atsede Baysa

2:22:03 (Chicago, 2012)

Ethiopia

Diana Chemtai Kipyogei

2:22:06 (Istanbul, 2020)

Kenya

Desiree Linden

2:22:38 (Boston, 2011)

USA

Biruktayit Eshetu

2:22:40 (Toronto, 2019)

Ethiopia

Tigist Abayechew

2:22:45 (Dubai, 2020)

Ethiopia

Purity Changwony

2:22:46 (Ampugnano, 2021)

Kenya

Caroline Rotich

2:23:22 (Chicago, 2012)

Kenya

Molly Huddle

2:26:33 (London, 2019)

USA

Mary Ngugi

2:27:36 (New York City, 2019)

Kenya

Nell Rojas

2:28:09 (Duluth, 2019)

USA

Paige Stoner

2:28:43 (Chandler, 2020)

USA

Shiho Kaneshige

2:28:51 (Osaka, 2020)

Japan

Dakotah Lindwurm

2:29:04 (Duluth, 2021)

USA

Netsanet Gudeta

2:29:15 (Paris, 2017)

Ethiopia

Kellys Arias

2:29:36 (Hamburg, 2016) NR

Colombia

Julia Griffey

2:29:58 (Chandler, 2020)

USA

Tish Jones

2:31:00 (London, 2019)

Great Britain

Bethany Sachtleben

2:31:20 (Lima, 2019)

USA

Dot McMahan^

2:31:48 (Duluth, 2011)

USA

Sydney Devore

2:32:39 (Pittsburgh, 2018)

USA

Hilary Dionne

2:33:03 (Sacramento, 2018)

USA

Brittany Charboneau

2:33:14 (Atlanta, 2020)

USA

Dawn Grunnagle^

2:33:14 (Berlin, 2019)

USA

Susanna Sullivan

2:33:27 (Chandler, 2020)

USA

Heather Lieberg^

2:34:07 (St. Paul, 2019)

USA

Caitlin Phillips

2:34:43 (Berlin, 2019)

USA

Laurie Knowles^

2:36:01 (Chicago, 2016)

USA

Courtney Olson

2:36:21 (Sacramento, 2018)

USA

Brittany Moran

2:36:22 (Sacramento, 2019)

Canada

Marie-Ange Brumelot

2:36:23 (Chicago, 2019)

France

Emma Spencer

2:37:05 (Berlin, 2018)

USA

Rachel Hyland

2:37:22 (Sacramento, 2018)

USA

Andrea Pomaranski

2:37:39 (Duluth, 2021)

USA

AnnMarie Kirkpatrick

2:37:49 (Sacramento, 2018)

USA

Gina Rouse^

2:38:41 (Atlanta, 2020)

USA

Nina Zarina

2:38:50 (Duluth, 2021)

USA

Jordan O’Dea

2:38:57 (Lowell, 2019)

USA

Christina Murphy^

2:39:15 (Columbus, 2013)

USA

Lindsay Nelson

2:39:33 (Chandler, 2020)

USA

Hilary Corno^

2:42:14 (Chicago, 2018)

USA

Caroline Chepkoech

Debut (1:05:07 Half)

Kazakhstan

Monicah Wanjuhi

Debut (1:07:29 Half)

Kenya

Elaina Tabb

Debut (1:10:44 Half)

USA

Athletes with ^ next to their names are Masters (40+) athletes

 

MEN’S OPEN DIVISION

 

MEN

PERSONAL BEST

COUNTRY

Asefa Mengstu

2:04:06 (Dubai, 2018)

Ethiopia

Lemi Berhanu

2:04:33 (Dubai, 2016)

Ethiopia

Lelisa Desisa

2:04:45 (Dubai, 2013)

Ethiopia

Benson Kipruto

2:05:13 (Toronto, 2019)

Kenya

Wilson Chebet

2:05:27 (Rotterdam, 2011)

Kenya

Filex Kiprotich

2:05:33 (Daegu, 2019)

Kenya

Dejene Debela

2:05:46 (Chicago, 2019)

Ethiopia

Kelkile Gezahegn

2:05:56 (Rotterdam, 2018)

Ethiopia

Thomas Kiplagat

2:06:00 (Seoul, 2019)

Kenya

Felix Kandie

2:06:03 (Seoul, 2017)

Kenya

Paul Lonyangata

2:06:10 (Paris, 2017)

Kenya

Tsedat Ayana

2:06:18 (Dubai, 2020)

Ethiopia

Geoffrey Kirui

2:06:27 (Amsterdam, 2016)

Kenya

Yuki Kawauchi

2:07:27 (Otsu, 2021)

Japan

Abrar Osman

2:07:46 (Amsterdam, 2019)

Eritrea

Jake Robertson

2:08:26 (Otsu, 2018)

New Zealand

Bayelign Teshager

2:08:28 (Los Angeles, 2020)

Ethiopia

Abdi Abdirahman^

2:08:56 (Chicago, 2006)

USA

Scott Fauble

2:09:09 (Boston, 2019)

USA

Colin Bennie

2:09:38 (Chandler, 2020)

USA

Scott Smith

2:09:46 (Chandler, 2020)

USA

Stephen Scullion

2:09:49 (London, 2020)

Ireland

Augustus Maiyo

2:10:47 (Atlanta, 2020)

USA

Dylan Wykes

2:10:47 (Rotterdam, 2012)

Canada

Parker Stinson

2:10:53 (Chicago, 2019)

USA

Matt McDonald

2:11:10 (Chicago, 2019)

USA

CJ Albertson

2:11:18 (Chandler, 2020)

USA

Reid Buchanan

2:11:38 (Chandler, 2020)

USA

Jonas Hampton

2:12:10 (Atlanta, 2020)

USA

Tyler Pennel

2:12:34 (Atlanta, 2020)

USA

Tyler Jermann

2:12:40 (Chandler, 2020)

USA

Rory Linkletter

2:12:54 (Chandler, 2020)

Canada

Jarrett Leblanc

2:13:51 (Sacramento, 2018)

USA

Carlos Trujillo

2:14:21 (Chicago, 2012)

Guatemala

Luke Humphrey^

2:14:39 (San Diego, 2011)

USA

Nitendra Rawat Singh

2:15:18 (Guwahati, 2016)

India

Daniel Ortiz Perez

2:15:41 (Valencia, 2020)

Mexico

Luis Carlos Rivero

2:15:43 (Seville, 2020)

Guatemala

Thomas Toth

2:16:28 (Toronto, 2019)

Canada

Pardon Ndhlovu

2:16:47 (Houston, 2019)

Zimbabwe

Brian Harvey

2:17:05 (St. Paul, 2014)

USA

Alex Taylor^

2:17:08 (Duluth, 2019)

USA

Patrick Reaves

2:17:45 (Sacramento, 2018)

USA

Peter Bromka^

2:19:04 (Sacramento, 2019)

USA

Chip O’Hara^

2:21:20 (Tempe, 2020)

USA

Eric Blake^

2:22:49 (Sacramento, 2018)

USA

Blue Bendum^

2:23:43 (Boston, 2014)

USA

Jemal Yimer

Debut (58:33 Half NR)

Ethiopia

Leonard Barsoton

Debut (59:09 Half)

Kenya

Harvey Nelson

Debut (1:01:48 Half)

USA

Girma Mecheso

Debut (1:02:16 Half)

USA

David Bett

Debut (1:02:31 Half)

Kenya

Paul Hogan

Debut (1:04:23 Half)

USA

Athletes with ^ next to their names are Masters (40+) athletes

 

WOMEN’S WHEELCHAIR DIVISION

 

WOMEN

PERSONAL BEST

COUNTRY

Manuela Schär

1:28:17 (Boston, 2017)

Switzerland

Susannah Scaroni

1:30:42 (Grandma’s, 2019)

USA

Tatyana McFadden

1:31:30 (Grandma’s, 2019)

USA

Jenna Fesemyer

1:37:02 (Grandma’s, 2019)

USA

Shelly Woods

1:37:44 (Padova, 2008)

Great Britain

Margriet van den Broek

1:38:33 (Boston, 2017)

Netherlands

Arielle Rausin

1:40:51 (Grandma’s, 2019)

USA

Vanessa de Souza

1:45:19 (Oita, 2018)

Brazil

Michelle Wheeler

1:45:55 (Oita, 2018)

USA

Yen Hoang

2:01:06 (Boston, 2019)

USA

Eva Houston

N/A

USA

MEN’S WHEELCHAIR DIVISION

 

MEN

PERSONAL BEST

COUNTRY

Marcel Hug

1:18:04 (Boston, 2017)

Switzerland

Ernst van Dyk

1:18:04 (Boston, 2017)

South Africa

Josh Cassidy

1:18:25 (Boston, 2012)

Canada

Hiroki Nishida

1:20:28 (Boston, 2017)

Japan

Kota Hokinoue

1:20:54 (Seoul, 2013)

Japan

Aaron Pike

1:20:59 (Grandma’s, 2019)

USA

Daniel Romanchuk

1:21:36 (Boston, 2019)

USA

Tomoki Suzuki

1:21:52 (Tokyo, 2020)

Japan

James Senbeta

1:24:27 (Boston, 2017)

USA

Simon Lawson

1:25:06 (Boston, 2017)

Great Britain

David Weir

1:26:17 (Boston, 2016)

Great Britain

Sho Watanabe

1:26:22 (Seoul, 2017)

Japan

Johnboy Smith

1:29:44 (Berlin, 2017)

Great Britain

Tristan Smyth

1:29:53 (Berlin, 2018)

Canada

Hermin Garic

1:32:27 (Grandma’s, 2019)

USA

Callum Hall

1:32:49 (Seoul, 2019)

Great Britain

Christian Clemmons

1:38:08 (Grandma’s, 2019)

USA

Tiaan Bosch

1:39:01 (Dubai, 2020)

South Africa

PARA ATHLETICS DIVISIONS TOP CONTENDERS

 

NAME

PERSONAL BEST

COUNTRY

CLASSIFICATION

Chaz Davis

2:31:48

USA

T12 (Vision Impairment)

Misato Michishita

2:56:14

Japan

T12 (Vision Impairment)

Tayana Passos

3:22:27

Brazil

T13 (Vision Impairment)

Marko Cheseto Lemtukei

2:37:23

USA

T62 (Lower Limb Impairment)

Adam Popp

3:17:35

USA

T63 (Lower Limb Impairment)

Liz Willis

4:57:43

USA

T64 (Lower Limb Impairment)

Danielle McLaughlin

3:50:50

USA

T64 (Lower Limb Impairment)

For the 36th year, John Hancock will serve as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Boston Marathon was moved from its traditional date of the third Monday in April to Monday, October 11. The fall race will feature a field size of 20,000 participants, as well as a rolling start for the first time. The in-person race will be complemented by a virtual race, which will be held from Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10.

 

ABOUT THE BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (B.A.A.) 

Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A. manages the Boston Marathon, and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round programming. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock. The 125th Boston Marathon is scheduled to take place on Monday, October 11, 2021. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.

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