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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.

Kenenisa Bekele misses marathon world record by six seconds (video)

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BERLIN (AP) — Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia pulled away from Wilson Kipsang of Kenya late in the race to win the Berlin Marathon just outside the world record time on Sunday.

Bekele’s winning time of two hours, 3 minutes and 3 seconds was six seconds outside Dennis Kimetto‘s world record, also set in Berlin in 2014 and is the second best time.

“I wanted to set a personal best and it’s a fantastic time, but it’s a little disappointing to miss the world record by so little,” Bekele said after the race.

Bekele and Kipsang opened a considerable lead over the rest of the field and ran shoulder-to-shoulder until Bekele pulled away with about two kilometers to go.

Kipsang finished 10 seconds behind Bekele in 2:03:13, faster than the 2:03:23 he clocked in winning the race in 2013, in what was then a world record.

Evans Chebet of Kenya was third in 2:05:31.

Bekele is considered one of the greatest distance runners of all time. He won three Olympic titles and five world championship golds and is the world record holder over 5,000 and 10,000 meters.

But he had been slow getting into the marathon, with his previous best of 2:05.04 set in his debut in winning the Paris race in 2014. He was third in London in April, after battling an Achilles’ tendon injury.

Bekele broke the Ethiopian record for the marathon, previously held by the great Haile Gebrselassie, who won the Berlin Marathon and set a world record of 2:03.59 in 2008.

Aberu Kebede led an Ethiopian sweep in the women’s race in 2:20:45. Birhane Dibaba was second in 2:23:58 and Ruti Aga third in 2:24:41.

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