You're welcome world. Chicago has added some much needed depth to its 2017 field.
The following men have been added.
Name / Country / PB / Yr
Stanley Biwott (KEN) - 2:03:51 (London, 2016)
Feyisa Lilesa (ETH) - 2:04:52 (Chicago, 2012)
Ezekiel Chebii (KEN) - 2:06:07 (Amsterdam, 2016)
Bernard Kipyego (KEN)- 2:06:19 (Amsterdam, 2015)
PRs are nice and it's good that there are 4 more bodies. The question now is what type of form are they in. Let's take a look.
While Biwott ran 2:03 in London last year, he hasn't finished a marathon since. He was a DNF at the Olympics, then withdrew before London this year with a 'persistent hamstring injury.' He has one race result this year - a 4th place 65:54 finish in a half marathon at altitude in Bogota on July 30th (race was won by Lilelsa in 64:30).
As for Lilesa, after beating Rupp for silver in Rio, he was only 12th in London in 2:14:12. However, after winning in Bogota, he also was third at Great North Run on September 10 in 61:32. He seems to be in good shape as in that race, David Monti reports "his shoe was stepped on at the start, knocking it off, and he had to go back through the masses, find his shoe, put it on, then weave through the masses to get back upt to the front. "
The 26-year old Chebii adds some depth. He's never run a major before but has been 2nd in Amsterdam. His 2:06:07 pb last year in Amsterdam only got him 5th. Since then, this year, he was the winner at Lake Biwa in 2:09:06. Most recently, he was only 11th in Lille on September 2nd in 62;%1.
The 31-year old Kipyego, who won Amsterdam in 2014 and 2015, returns to Chicago where he was third in 2011 (2:06:29) and 6th in 2012 (2:06:40). Earlier this year, he was 6th in Tokyo in 2:08:10. In 2016, he ran 2:07:33 in Tokyo (2nd) and 2:06:45 in Amsterdam (8th).
The women's field has added the following:
Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 2:24:54 (Lisbon, 2016)
Maegan Krifchin (USA) 2:33:30 (Hamburg, 2015)