Boston Scrambles and Add’s Dubai Winner Lelisa Desisa
March 13, 2013
The field for the 2013 Boston Marathon just took a big hit as Moses Mosop and Ryan Hall – two of the biggest names in the field – both pulled out.
Mosop, who ran 2:03:06 in Boston in 2011, “sustained a calf injury that has prevented necessary speed-work preparation.” The Boston press release said “Hall missed crucial training due to a quadriceps strain.”
To make up for their withdrawals, Boston has added in 2013 Dubai winner Lelisa Desisa who ran 2:04:45 in his debut in January.
Speaking of the Boston press release, we’re not sure if we’ve ever seen a more misleading press release than the one sent out today by John Hancock which included the Hall and Mosop pull-outs. The title of press release was “John Hancock Financial Announces 2013 Boston Marathon Online Media Guide Is Now Live” as if that was the important info in the release. You can read the whole release below but it’s almost as if they thought they could hide the fact that Hall and Mosop pulled out by barely mentioning it.
We’ve recently thought about starting a section on LetsRun entitled “Ridiculous running press releases” where we were going to focus on misleading college releases like one where a team loses a dual meet and a press release will say “John Doe University second at track meet.”
The college releases are consistently misleading but this Boston one belongs in the misleading Hall of Fame.
As for Hall, he’s no doubt been struggling of late. Last summer, he did not finish the Olympic marathon. He then pulled out of the ING New York City Marathon as his training wasn’t going well and now he pulls out of Boston. On twitter, Hall said the following, “Heart breaking to have to pull out of Boston. Want to thank all my sponsors and supporters for sticking by me through it all.”
Press release is pasted below.
More: Messageboard Discussion: Ryan Hall pulls out of Boston
Messageboard Discussion: Will Ryan Hall ever commit to and finish another marathon?
John Hancock Financial Announces 2013 Boston Marathon Online Media Guide Is Now Live
Company Also Updates Field List For John Hancock Elite Athlete Team
BOSTON, MA, March 13, 2013—John Hancock Financial, in partnership with the Boston Athletic Association, today announced that the 2013 Boston Marathon Online Media Guide is now live at http://www.johnhancock.com/bostonmarathon/mediaguide/index.php.
In other marathon related news, Wesley Korir, the 2012 Boston Marathon champion, has become a Member of Parliament Elect in Kenya. In addition, Guor Maker (formerly Marial) became a U.S. citizen in February and will now hold dual citizenship with South Sudan.
The company also updated its Field List for the John Hancock Elite Athlete Team. Additions to the elite field include Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene, Lelisa Desisa Benti, and Laban Korir.
- Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene set a course record in Paris last year before finishing runner-up in Berlin in a personal best 2:21:19. This past January, she won the Dubai Marathon and has finished on the podium in ten career marathons.
- Lelisa Desisa Benti made his marathon debut in Dubai this year and won the race in 2:04:45. A young talent, Benti won the 10,000m at the African Junior Athletics Championships in 2009 and won the gold medal in the half marathon at the All-Africa Games in 2011.
- Laban Korir was runner-up in Amsterdam in 2011, finishing in 2:06:05. He ran the Boston Marathon last year and placed sixth.
Cancellations in the women’s field include Asefelech Mergia Medessa and Karolina Jarzynska due to lack of fitness.
Cancellations in the men’s field include Moses Mosop, Ryan Hall, Shami Dawit, Eric Gillis and Lucas Rotich due to injury. Mosop sustained a calf injury that has prevented necessary speed-work preparation. Hall missed crucial training due to a quadriceps strain.
An updated field list follows.
2013 John Hancock Elite Athlete Team
117th Boston Marathon April 15, 2013
|MEN||Personal Best Time||Country|
|Lelisa Desisa Benti||2:04:45 (Dubai, 2013)||Ethiopia|
|Gebregziabher Gebremariam||2:04:53 (Boston, 2011)||Ethiopia|
|Markos Geneti||2:04:54 (Dubai, 2012)||Ethiopia|
|Levy Matebo||2:05:16 (Frankfurt, 2011)||Kenya|
|Dickson Chumba||2:05:46 (Eindhoven, 2012) CR||Kenya|
|Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot||2:05:52 (Boston, 2010)||Kenya|
|Laban Korir||2:06:05 (Amsterdam, 2011)||Kenya|
|Wesley Korir||2:06:13 (Chicago, 2012)||Kenya|
|Raji Assefa||2:06:24 (Paris, 2012)||Ethiopia|
|Abdihakem ‘Abdi’ Abdirahman||2:08:56 (Chicago, 2006)||USA|
|Mebrahtom ‘Meb’ Keflezighi||2:09:08 (Houston, 2012)||USA|
|Jeffrey Hunt||2:11:00 (Beppu, 2010)||Australia|
|Jason Hartmann||2:11:06 (Chicago, 2010)||USA|
|Fernando Cabada||2:11:53 (Houston, 2012)||USA|
|Guor Maker (formerly Marial)||2:12:55 (San Diego, 2012) NR||USA/South Sudan|
|Robin Watson||2:13:37 (Rotterdam, 2012)||Canada|
|WOMEN||Personal Best Time||Country|
|Meseret Hailu Debele||2:21:09 (Amsterdam, 2012) CR||Ethiopia|
|Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene||2:21:19 (Berlin, 2012)||Ethiopia|
|Mamitu Daska||2:21:59 (Frankfurt, 2011)||Ethiopia|
|Rita Jeptoo||2:22:04 (Chicago, 2012)||Kenya|
|Sharon Cherop||2:22:39 (Dubai, 2012)||Kenya|
|Madai Pérez||2:22:59 (Chicago, 2006) NR||Mexico|
|Alemitu Abera Begna||2:23:14 (Houston, 2012) CR||Ethiopia|
|Tetiana Gamera-Shmyrko||2:23:58 (Osaka, 2013)||Ukraine|
|Kara Goucher||2:24:52 (Boston, 2011)||USA|
|Shalane Flanagan||2:25:38 (OT Houston, 2012) CR||USA|
|Ana Dulce Félix||2:25:40 (NYC, 2011)||Portugal|
|Yolanda Caballero||2:26:17 (Boston, 2011)||Colombia|
|Sabrina Mockenhaupt||2:26:21 (Berlin, 2010)||Germany|
|Diana Chepkemoi Sigei||2:26:53 (Dubai, 2011)||Kenya|
|Serena Burla||2:28:27 (Seoul, 2012)||USA|
|Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce||2:29:35 (Houston, 2011)||USA|
|René Kalmer||2:29:50 (Yokohama, 2011)||RSA|
|Diane Nukuri-Johnson||2:30:13 (London, 2012) NR||Burundi|
|Alissa McKaig||2:31:56 (Houston, 2012)||USA|
|NR=National Record||CR=Course Record|
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