Just as he did in Boston earlier this year, Lawrence Cherono won a thrilling sprint finish for the title today in Chicago. Meanwhile, former NOP teammates Mo Farah and Galen Rupp both struggled but 10 Americans broke 2:12.
Defending champ Brigid Kosgei is back, but Jordan Hasay is the only other woman faster than 2:22:56. Boston champ Lawrence Cherono & Dubai champ Getaneh Molla join Mo Farah & Galen Rupp in the men's race. And Amy Cragg is a scratch.
From #16 to #1, we've broken down the potential winners of the 2019 Boston Marathon into five categories: Basically No Shot (#14-16), Outside Shots (#9-13), The Wild Card (#8), Genuine Contenders (#4-7), and Three Total Studs (#3-2-1). Sorry Yuki Kawauchi fans, but he's basically got no shot of repeating.
Other notables include former Boston champions Lemi Berhanu, Wesley Korir, 2:04 man Lawrence Cherono, 2015 World champ Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, former half-marathon WR holderZersenay Tadese, 2015 World champ Mare Dibba and 2:19 woman Worknesh Degefa.