Here’s Who Des Linden Will Race at the 2020 Boston Marathon
The ladies’s elite box at the 2020 Boston Marathon options the protecting champion and comprises 5 athletes who’ve run beneath 2:20.
Desiree Linden introduced in December that she’s no longer simplest racing the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on February 29, however competing at the 2020 Boston Marathon, too—and on Wednesday, officers published that she’ll face bold festival April 20 on the street from Hopkinton to Copley Square.
The global elite ladies’s box is led through the protecting champion, Worknesh Degefa, 29, who additionally holds the Ethiopian nationwide report of two:17:41. On the technique to her victory in 2019, Degefa break up from the pack at mile 5 and not regarded again, decisively taking the victory and main through up to 3 mins throughout the race.
But the girl who in the long run minimize Degefa’s result in simply 47 seconds is coming again, too. Kenyan Edna Kiplagat, 40, was once runner up ultimate 12 months and is returning to Boston. She’s a two-time global champion and has gained the Boston, London, and New York City marathons. Two different former champions also are scheduled to go back: Caroline Rotich, 35, of Kenya, who gained in 2015, and Buzunesh Deba, 32, the 2014 winner who represents Ethiopia.
Mare Dibaba, 30, of Ethiopia, positioned 2d in September at the Berlin Marathon in 2:20:21 and can compete at Boston, too. She is the 2016 Olympic marathon bronze medalist.
Four-time New York City Marathon champion Mary Keitany, who positioned 2d in New York ultimate 12 months, was once set to make her Boston Marathon debut in April, however is not going to make it because of a again damage.
In all, John Hancock, the sponsor that organizes the elite fields, has assembled 5 ladies who’ve run quicker than 2:20 and a dozen beneath 2:23.
The simplest U.S. elite ladies recently making plans to race are Linden, the 2018 Boston Marathon champion, and Kate Landau, 43, who has additionally certified for the Olympic Marathon Trials (2:31:56). During Olympic years, many athletes decide out of alternative main marathons to concentrate on making the Games, even though some will input races like Boston later, pending the consequence at the trials.
Linden’s determination to double—or triple, if she makes her 3rd Olympic workforce through striking in the most sensible 3 on February 29—took many enthusiasts through marvel. But at 36, she’s made it transparent that she’s no longer keeping again as she approaches the ultimate bankruptcy of her professional working days.
“As I get towards the end of my career, I have to think about what’s most meaningful and it was an impossible thing to choose,” she stated. “In weighing the pros and cons of all of it, I couldn’t decide.”