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Vicoty, Tanui, up for Boston Half Marathon.

  •  Boston Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, November 13, in Boston.
  •  Tanui and Chepngeno are among the top athletes set to represent the country.
  • Vicoty holds a personal best time of 1:05:03.

Josphat Tanui and Vicoty Chepngeno are among the top athletes set to represent the country at the Boston Half Marathon slated for Sunday, November 13, in Boston.

she has competed in several marathons, including Istanbul. Photo/Getty Images

Chepngeno, who has been competing in multiple half marathons and is the 2022 Aramco Houston Half Marathon champion, is among the fastest female athletes holding a personal best time of 1:05:03.

Since the year began, she has competed in several marathons, including Istanbul in March, where she finished in the fourth position with a time record of 1:06:58.

Other Kenyan women joining Chepngeno include Viola Chepngeno, with a personal best time of 1:06:48; Cynthia Jerotich, with a time best record of 1:06:04; Vivian Chepkirui, with a time record of 1:08:02 and Mary Munanu with 1:11:56.

The female elite race will also see Bosena Mulatie of Ethiopia, regarded as the second fastest in the field, looking forward to improving her personal best. 

Mulatie holds a personal best of 1:05:46 that she posted in February at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, placed fifth.

Hiwot Gebrekidan will also be joining her compatriot Mulatie with a personal best of 2:19:10 that was posted at the Tokyo Marathon. 

She recently competed at Great North Run, finishing fourth, with a time record of 1:07:22.

The female race will also see Great Britain’s Jess Piasecki and the USA’s Molly Huddle, who are among the top 10 list of competing for top honours.

Piasecki holds a personal best time of 1:07:20, while Molly holds a personal best time of 1:07:25.

Men’s Elite Race

Josephat Tanui tops the list of Kenyan athletes representing the country. He holds a personal best time of 59:22, posted at the Ústi nad Lábem Half Marathon in 2017, where he finished in the second position.

He will be lining up for an undisputed competition from his compatriots, including Shadrack Kimining, who holds a personal best of 59:27. He is also the second fastest in the field. 

He recently competed at the Rimi Riga Half Marathon Kimining in may, where he was placed second with a time record of 1:00:34.

Other Kenyans in the contention include Geoffrey Koech, who holds a personal best time of 59:36; James Ngandu, with a personal best time of 1:01:28; Dennis Kipkosgei with 1:03:23 and Vincent Kiprop, who will be making his debut in the field.

The all-time Ethiopian duo of Lelisa Desisa and Tsegay Kidanu seems to be looking forward to destroying the Kenyan formation.

Desisa, the 2019 World Marathon champion, makes his entry to Boston Half Marathon this year as the third fastest in the field with a Personal Best time of 59:30, while Kidanu holds a Personal best of 59:52. 

In 2020, he finished 35th at the Valencia Marathon with a time record of 2:10:44 in December. Kenya’s Evans Chebet won the race with a time record of 2:03:00.

In 2021 He took part in the Ethiopian Olympic Marathon Trials in Sebeta finishing 2nd in a close race between winner Shura Kitata, and 3rd place finished Sisay Lemma. Lelisa’s performance qualifies him to compete for Ethiopia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games men’s marathon.

Jose Santana of Mexico will also be in the race. He holds a personal best of 1:01:11.

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