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Boston Marathon announces their fastest women’s elite field ever

The race will feature the Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir, Canada's Malindi Elmore, Natasha Wodak and N.L. runner Kate Bazeley

The prestigious Boston Marathon returns to Patriot’s Day (the third Monday in April) this year, headlined by the fastest women’s elite field in the history of the event, featuring 75 athletes and 12 women who have run sub 2:23:00. Reigning Olympic marathon champion and 2021 NYC Marathon winner Peres Jepchirchir will come into the race as the favourite, alongside Olympic bronze medallist Molly Seidel and the 2021 London Marathon champion Joyceline Jepkosgei.

Outside of the race favourites, the elite list features four Ethiopian women who have run sub 2:20: 2019 Amsterdam Marathon champion Degitu Azimeraw (2:17:58), Roza Dereje (2:18:30), Zeineba Yimer (2:19:28) and Tigist Girma (2:19:52).

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2017 champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya at the 2021 Boston Marathon. Photo credit: © Kevin Morris

The field also features previous Boston Marathon champions Edna Kiplagat (2017) and Des Linden (2018). The American contingent is led by the second-fastest marathoner in U.S. history, Sara Hall (2:20:32), who will look to follow in the footsteps of Linden’s 2018 performance. The top American and sixth-place finisher in Boston in October, Nell Rojas (2:27:12), and Stephanie Bruce (2:27:47) are also in the field.

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Nell Rojas, the top American at the 2021 Boston Marathon. Photo credit: © Kevin Morris

The start line in Hopkinton, Mass. will feature three Canadians: marathon record holder Malindi Elmore, two-time Olympian Natasha Wodak and Newfoundland’s Kate Bazeley. This race will mark Elmore’s return to competition after her ninth-place finish in the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics. Charlotte Purdue of Great Britain is the fastest European athlete in the field and the third-fastest British marathoner of all time (2:23:26).

This year’s Boston Marathon marks the 50th anniversary of the inaugural women’s division in 1972. You can check out the full women’s elite list, here. The men’s elite list for Boston will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 13.