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Boston Marathon ladies’s preview: Sharon Lokedi prepared for Kenyan showdown

For the final three years, the ladies’s champion on the Boston Marathon has been draped in a Kenyan flag on the end line. Sharon Lokedi seems to proceed that streak on Boylston St. on Monday. A win for Lokedi may cement her place on the Kenyan Olympic crew on the summer season’s Paris Olympics, the place she aspires to succeed in the rostrum.

Regardless of dealing with an harm that sidelined her from the 127th Boston Marathon final April, Lokedi fought again to return and defend her marathon title in New York Metropolis final November, ending third in a tightly contested closing two miles between her compatriot Hellen Obiri and Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey.

The ultimate dash with Ethiopia’s Letensenbet Gidey, Kenya’s Sharon Lokedi and Kenya’s Hellen Obiri in Central Park on the 2023 TCS New York Marathon. Picture: Kevin Morris

Lokedi will get the prospect to line up in opposition to her competitor and pal, Obiri, as soon as once more on Monday. Obiri enters the race because the defending champion and the odds-on favorite to win, however the stakes this 12 months in Boston are larger, with positions on the Kenyan Olympic crew on the road. Each Obiri and Lokedi are among the many six athletes named on the Kenyan Olympic choice shortlist earlier this month. A win or top-three end would possible imply each ladies could be in a primary place to realize choice come the Might 31 marathon crew deadline.

“I wish to run to the perfect of my skills and present what kind of form I’m in,” says Lokedi. “I’m actually excited to be feeling wholesome [this time around] in Boston and rested.”

The 30-year-old, who holds a marathon PB of two:23:23, attested that Boston at all times has a world-class discipline and expects numerous competitors come Marathon Monday.

Sharon Lokedi was the primary Beneath Armour athlete to win an Abbott World Marathon Main. Picture: Kevin Morris

The competitors

The ladies’s race will characteristic a traditionally quick elite discipline that features reigning Boston and New York Metropolis Marathon champion Obiri, who shall be seeking to develop into the primary girl to take back-to-back wins since her compatriot Catherine Ndereba did it in 2004 and 2005. (Ndereba additionally received in 2000, 2001 and 2002.)

Main the way in which for Ethiopia is 2:17-marathoner Tadu Teshome. She was the runner-up on the 2021 Berlin Marathon and positioned fifth within the Chicago Marathon final fall. She’ll be joined by Hiwot Gebremaryam (beforehand Gebrekidan) (2:17:59), who was eighth in Boston final 12 months, and 5 different Ethiopian ladies with sub-2:20 private bests. All seven shall be seeking to break the Kenyan streak to develop into the primary Ethiopian champion since Worknesh Degefa in 2019.

Hiwot Gebrekidan
Ethiopia’s Hiwot Gebrekidan received the 2023 Aramco Houston Half Marathon in 66:28. Picture: Kevin Morris

Different high athletes embody two-time champion Edna Kiplagat, who received in 2017 (and was additionally subsequently named the winner of the 2021 marathon when the unique winner, Diana Kipyokei of Kenya, was stripped of the title after a constructive doping check), and People Emma Bates, who was fifth final 12 months in 2:22:10, and Sara Corridor, who completed fifth within the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon (2:26:06) on Feb. 3.

Lokedi understands what she’s up in opposition to–not simply the extremely aggressive discipline, but in addition the problem of the hilly point-to-point course, which begins in Hopkinton and finishes within the coronary heart of the town on Boylston Avenue close to Copley Sq..

“Boston is a distinct animal, however I’m at all times excited for a problem,” says Lokedi. She informed Canadian Working she shall be sporting Beneath Armour’s latest carbon-plated mannequin, the Velociti Elite 2. “It has the smooth foam I like, and so they make me really feel quick.”

The Canadian elites

There’s a giant Canadian presence in Boston this 12 months, which was alleged to be led by (now) three-time Olympian Malindi Elmore, however as a consequence of a nagging hamstring harm, Elmore determined to withdraw from the Boston discipline to concentrate on her preparations for Paris.

Malindi Elmore pulls out of Boston Marathon as a consequence of hamstring harm

Quebec’s Anne-Marie Comeau will paved the way for the Canadian ladies’s contingent in her fourth profession marathon and first main. Comeau is coming off a second-place end on the Canadian Marathon Championships in Toronto final fall, the place she ran 2:34:51 to take six minutes off her earlier greatest. A enjoyable reality about Comeau is that she’s a multi-sport athlete; she competed in cross-country snowboarding on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and was the highest Canadian girl on the 2023 World Mountain and Path Working Championships in Innsbruck, Austria.

Anne-Marie Comeau
Anne-Marie Comeau on her approach to victory on the 2019 Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal. Picture: Inge Johnson/Canada Working Sequence

Becoming a member of Comeau on the elite checklist are Toronto’s Krezonoski twins, Michelle and Kim, who shall be operating Boston for the primary time. Will probably be Michelle’s return to the marathon distance after an harm final 12 months saved her out of the TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Her private greatest of two:36:39 is from the California Worldwide Marathon in 2022–the identical place that Kim ran her PB of two:37:20.

The right way to watch

The 2024 Boston Marathon shall be broadcasted reside on TSN 5 at 8:30 a.m. ET on Monday, April 15. The skilled ladies’s race will start at 9:47 a.m. ET and can possible conclude round midday. The lads’s race will start 10 minutes earlier, at 9:37 a.m.

Canadian Working is on the 2024 Boston Marathon with Beneath Armour to have a good time the launch of the Velociti Elite 2, the model’s quickest carbon racing shoe so far. Be sure you keep plugged into our socials on Instagram and X for every little thing Boston this weekend.

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