Here’s Who Des Linden Will Race at the 2020 Boston Marathon
The girls’s elite box at the 2020 Boston Marathon options the protecting champion and contains 5 athletes who’ve run beneath 2:20.
Desiree Linden introduced in December that she’s now not most effective 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 girls’s box is led through the protecting champion, Worknesh Degefa, 29, who additionally holds the Ethiopian nationwide document of two:17:41. On the solution to her victory in 2019, Degefa cut up from the pack at mile 5 and not seemed again, decisively taking the victory and main through up to 3 mins all through the race.
But the girl who in the end minimize Degefa’s result in simply 47 seconds is coming again, too. Kenyan Edna Kiplagat, 40, used to be runner up final 12 months and is returning to Boston. She’s a two-time international champion and has received the Boston, London, and New York City marathons. Two different former champions also are scheduled to go back: Caroline Rotich, 35, of Kenya, who received in 2015, and Buzunesh Deba, 32, the 2014 winner who represents Ethiopia.
Mare Dibaba, 30, of Ethiopia, positioned 2nd 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 2nd in New York final 12 months, used to be set to make her Boston Marathon debut in April, however won’t make it because of a again damage.
In all, John Hancock, the sponsor that organizes the elite fields, has assembled 5 girls who’ve run quicker than 2:20 and a dozen beneath 2:23.
The most effective U.S. elite girls 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 primary marathons to concentrate on making the Games, regardless that some will input races like Boston later, pending the end result at the trials.
Linden’s resolution to double—or triple, if she makes her 3rd Olympic crew through putting in the best 3 on February 29—took many enthusiasts through wonder. But at 36, she’s made it transparent that she’s now not conserving again as she approaches the final bankruptcy of her professional operating 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.”