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Boston Marathon field adds world-record holder

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Marathon world-record holder Dennis Kimetto will try to rekindle his career at the Boston Marathon on April 17.

Kimetto set the 26.2-mile world record at the 2014 Berlin Marathon, clocking 2:02:57.

The Kenyan has run four marathons since, failing to finish two of them and slowing to 2:05:50 at the 2015 London Marathon and 2:11:44 and the 2016 London Marathon.

Kimetto will face a field in Boston that includes fellow Kenyans Emmanuel Mutai (joint fourth-fastest marathoner of all time at 2:03:13) and Patrick Makau (sixth-fastest at 2:03:38) and Ethiopian Lemi Berhanu Hayle, who won last year’s Boston Marathon.

The U.S. entrants include the top four finishers from the Olympic Trials, Galen RuppMeb KeflezighiJared Ward and Luke Puskedra.

The Boston women’s field includes U.S. Olympians Shalane Flanagan and Desi Linden and a group of accomplished international runners:

Atsede Baysa (ETH), 2016 Boston winner
Gladys Cherono 
(KEN), 2015 Berlin winner
Buzunesh Deba (ETH), 2014 Boston winner and course-record holder
Edna Kiplagat 
(KEN), two-time world champion and winner of marathons in London and New York City
Caroline Rotich (KEN), 2015 Boston winner

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How to watch the 2016 Chicago Marathon

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The 2016 Chicago Marathon will be shown Sunday at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN as well as on the NBC Sports app.

Tatyana McFadden is racing for her sixth consecutive Chicago Marathon wheelchair division title. She recently received a unique wheelchair accessory from Ellen DeGeneres.

Florence Kiplagat, who owns the half marathon world record, has the fastest personal best in the women’s elite field. She is the defending champion.

Dennis Kimetto, the current marathon world record holder, withdrew from the race with an injury. Fellow Kenyan Dickson Chumba owns the best time in the field.

Comedian Rob Riggle, who recently golfed with Michael Phelps, is also expected to run the race. Riggle is raising money for Salute, Inc., which provides financial support to military men and women.

The Chicago Marathon is one of the six road races that make up the World Marathon Majors. In the most recent race, the Berlin Marathon on Sept. 25, Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele missed the world record time by just six seconds.

Marathon world-record holder reportedly not going to Rio Olympics

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Dennis Kimetto, the marathon world-record holder, will reportedly not be on Kenya’s team for the Rio Olympics.

Kimetto and previous world-record holder Wilson Kipsang are not on a list of three men likely to make up the Kenyan Olympic marathon team nor on a list of reserves, according to Reuters.

Kimetto and Kipsang withdrew from consideration due to anticipated heat and humidity in Rio in August, according to Flotrack.

Instead, the Kenyan Olympic marathon team will likely be reigning Berlin and London Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge, New York City Marathon champion Stanley Biwott and Wesley Korir, the top Kenyan in the Boston Marathon on April 18 in fourth place, according to Reuters.

The women’s team will likely include London Marathon winner Jemima Sumgong, Chicago Marathon winner Florence Kiplagat and 2014 and 2015 New York City Marathon winner Mary Keitany, according to Reuters, which also named Joyce Chepkirui, the top Kenyan in the Boston Marathon in third place, as a possible selection.

Kimetto and Kipsang were considered questionable to be named to the team after declining results in recent major marathons.

Kimetto set the world record of 2:02:57 at the 2014 Berlin Marathon, then finished third at the 2015 London Marathon, dropped out of the 2015 World Championships and 2015 Fukuoka Marathon and placed ninth in the London Marathon on April 24.

Kipsang, who held the previous world record of 2:03:23, also dropped out of the 2015 World Championships, placed fourth at the 2015 New York City Marathon and fifth at the London Marathon on April 24.

In 2012, Kenya’s Olympic team did not include Patrick Makau, then the world-record holder, or Geoffrey Mutai, who then had the fastest 26.2-mile time ever (but on a course that wasn’t record eligible).

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