34 ‘International Running Stars’ Make Up Elite Field for Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The 2018 International Elite Field features 5 of the 8 eight men who placed on top of the Abbott World Marathon Majors leaderboard and 2 of the top 7 women

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International Elite Field
2016 winner Abel Kirui and 2017 female runner up Brigid Kosgei (photos taken by Holly Petrovich)
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The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that several international running stars are joining the 41st annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon elite athlete competition. Past champions Abel Kirui (KEN) and Dickson Chumba (KEN) lead the charge on the men’s side, and 2017 runner-up Brigid Kosgei (KEN) and two-time podium finisher Birhane Dibaba (ETH) stand out among the women. They will join previously announced global sensations Mo Farah (GBR), Yuki Kawauchi (JPN) and Suguru Osako (JPN).

This year’s elite field includes 11 men who have run 2:07 or faster and nine women (including three Americans) who have run 2:25 or faster. Moreover, it features five of the top eight men who placed on top of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) Series XI leaderboard and two of the top seven women.

““We have put together an exciting elite field, and it should be a fast race to the top of the podium,”” said Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. “”This year’s elite field is a collection of some of the best international and American athletes running on the global stage today. We are confident that they will continue the great tradition of memorable and record setting performances in Chicago.””

International men’s elite field

Name
Mosinet Geremew
Birhanu Legese
Dickson Chumba
Abel Kirui
Kenneth Kipkemoi
Paul Lonyangata
Mo Farah
Geoffrey Kirui
Suguru Osako
Bedan Karoki
Ryo Kiname
Yuki Kawauchi
Mohamed Reda
Stephen Sambu
Tsukasa Koyama
Yohei Suzuki
Taku Fujimoto
Pardon Ndhlovu
Daniel Wallis
Augustine Choge
Hugh Williams
Country
ETH
ETH
KEN
KEN
KEN
KEN
GBR
KEN
JPN
KEN
JPN
JPN
MAR
KEN
JPN
JPN
JPN
ZIM
NZL
KEN
AUS
Personal best
2:04:00
2:04:15
2:04:32
2:05:04
2:05:44
2:06:10
2:06:21
2:06:27
2:07:19
2:07:41
2:08:08
2:08:14
2:09:18
2:11:07
2:11:20
2:14:53
2:15:30
2:16:22
2:19:24
Debut
Debut

 

International women’s elite field

Name
Roza Dereje
Birhane Dibaba
Brigid Kosgei
Shure Demise
Yuka Ando
Madai Perez
Jessica Draskau Petersson
Vianey De la Rosa
Dayna Pidhoresky
Hiruni Wijayaratne
Melanie Myrand
Chirine Njeim
Alexi Pappas
Country
ETH
ETH
KEN
ETH
JPN
MEX
DEN
MEX
CAN
SRI
CAN
LBN
GRE
Personal best
2:19:17
2:19:51
2:20:13
2:20:59
2:21:36
2:22:59
2:30:07
2:32:01
2:36:08
2:36:35
2:39:07
2:39:21
Debut

 

For full athlete biographies, visit the Bank of America Chicago Marathon website.

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