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Kipruto and Chepngetich face strong Ethiopian Field in Chicago

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Organizers of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon have announced the full elite field for the World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race on 8 October.
A regular podium finisher in major marathons over the past two years, Benson Kipruto of Kenya will defend his title in the men’s race. Kipruto won last year in 2:04:24, the fourth fastest time ever in Chicago.
Ethiopia’s Seifu Tura winner in Chicago in 2021 and runner-up last year will return for the third consecutive year, looking for another podium finish. Belgium’s world and Olympic bronze medallist Bashir Abdi winner of this year’s Rotterdam Marathon is also in the line-up.
Ethiopia’s Dawit Wolde, Brazil’s Daniel Do Nascimento and Kenya’s John Korir are among the other notable entries.
As announced last month, defending champion Ruth Chepngetich will take on London Marathon champion Sifan Hassan and US record-holder Emily Sisson in the women’s race. But that trio is just the tip of the iceberg.
Joyciline Jepkosgei, winner of the 2021 London Marathon and 2019 New York City Marathon, will make her Chicago debut, as will Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia. Dibaba who has broken several world records on the track, indoors and out made her marathon debut in Amsterdam last year, clocking 2:18:05.
The US contingency also features Olympic bronze medallist Molly Seidel, 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden, 2021 Chicago runner-up Emma Bates, and Aliphine Tuliamuk, winner of the 2020 US Olympic Trials.
Other notable competitors in the women’s field include Ethiopia’s Ababel Yesheneh and US duo Nell Rojas, Sara Vaughn.

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