Three Quick Thoughts On The 2016 Boston Marathon Field
January 13, 2016
Earlier today, John Hancock announced the elite fields for the 2016 Boston Marathon, to be held on April 18. You can read the whole press release here or see the top elites listed below. Below the list of the elites, we give you three quick thoughts on the field.
April 5 Update: The field has changed as Geoffrey Mutai and others have pulled out. Details here.
Full Elite Field For 2016 Boston Marathon
|Sammy Kitwara||Kenya||2:04:28 (Chicago, 2014)|
|Tsegaye Mekonnen||Ethiopia||2:04:32 (Dubai, 2014)|
|Lelisa Desisa||Ethiopia||2:04:45 (Dubai, 2013)|
|Yemane Adhane Tsegay||Ethiopia||2:04:48 (Rotterdam, 2012)|
|Getu Feleke||Ethiopia||2:04:50 (Rotterdam, 2012)|
|Wilson Chebet||Kenya||2:05:27 (Rotterdam, 2011)|
|Hayle Lemi Berhanu||Ethiopia||2:05:28 (Dubai, 2015)|
|Stephen Chebogut||Kenya||2:05:52 (Eindhoven, 2015)|
|Deribe Robi||Ethiopia||2:05:58 (Eindhoven, 2015)|
|Wesley Korir||Kenya||2:06:13 (Chicago, 2012)|
|Michael Kipyego||Kenya||2:06:48 (Eindhoven, 2011)|
|Paul Lonyangata||Kenya||2:07:14 (Shanghai, 2015)|
|Jackson Kiprop||Uganda||2:09:32 (Mumbai, 2013)|
|Cuthbert Nyasango||Zimbabwe||2:09:52 (Prague, 2014)|
|Abdi Nageeye||Netherlands||2:10:24 (Amsterdam, 2015)|
|Abdelmajid El Hissouf||Morocco||2:10:35 (Seoul, 2015)|
|Solonei Da Silva||Brazil||2:11:32 (Padova, 2011)|
|Jordan Chipangama||Zambia||2:11:35 (Duluth, 2015)|
|Ian Burrell||USA||2:13:26 (Houston, 2014)|
|Girma Mecheso||USA||Debut; HM 1:02:16 (Houston, 2015)|
|WOMEN||Country||Personal Best Time|
|Tiki Gelana||Ethiopia||2:18:58 (Rotterdam, 2012)|
|Buzunesh Deba||Ethiopia||2:19:59 (Boston, 2014)|
|Tirfi Tsegaye||Ethiopia||2:20:18 (Berlin, 2014)|
|Mamitu Daska||Ethiopia||2:21:59 (Frankfurt, 2011)|
|Atsede Bayisa||Ethiopia||2:22:03 (Chicago, 2012)|
|Flomena Cheyech Daniel||Kenya||2:22:44 (Paris, 2014)|
|Tadelech Bekele||Ethiopia||2:22:51 (Dubai, 2015)|
|Jelena Prokopcuka||Latvia||2:22:56 (Osaka, 2005)|
|Valentine Kipketer||Kenya||2:23:02 (Amsterdam, 2013)|
|Caroline Rotich||Kenya||2:23:22 (Chicago, 2012)|
|Joyce Chepkirui||Kenya||2:24:11 (Amsterdam, 2015)|
|Fatuma Sado||Ethiopia||2:24:16 (Toronto, 2015)|
|Purity Cherotich Rionoripo||Kenya||2:25:09 (Lisbon, 2015)|
|Fate Tola||Ethiopia/Germany||2:25:14 (Berlin, 2012)|
|Lamei Sun||China||2:27:55 (Beijing, 2012)|
|Sarah Crouch||USA||2:32:44 (Chicago, 2014)|
|Neely Spence Gracey||USA||Debut; HM 69:59 (Philadelphia, 2015)|
1) In terms of PRs, the men’s field is a little stronger than last year’s race whereas the women’s took a slight step back.
If one looks at PRs, the fields are fairly similar to last year’s. The men’s field looks a little stronger than last year’s race whereas the women’s took a slight step back. Given the fact that the top Americans aren’t available for Boston this year given the Olympic Trials are on February 13, we thought there might be a little more African depth this year (as John Hancock doesn’t have to pony up expensive appearance fees for the likes of Meb, Desi or Shalane) and that appears to have come to fruition on the men’s side.
|Men||2016 Boston||2015 Boston|
|# With PR Under 2:04||1||1|
|# With PR Under 2:05||6||5|
|# With PR Under 2:06||10||7|
|# With PR Under 2:07||12||10|
|Women||2016 Boston||2015 Boston|
|# With PR Under 2:20||2||2|
|# With PR Under 2:21||3||4|
|# With PR Under 2:22||4||6|
|# With PR Under 2:23||8||9|
2) The Boston women’s field pales in comparison to the London women’s field.
We hate to sound like a broken record but every single year we say London amasses the greatest amount of marathon talent in the world. Yesterday, the elite women’s field for the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon was announced and it was so strong we wondered if it was harder to win London than the Olympics. London’s elite field will feature the top five women in the world from our 2015 marathon rankings and six of the top seven. Boston’s field will feature just one – #10 Caroline Rotich.
|Spring Marathon Choice for LetsRun.com’s Top 10 Ranked Marathoners From 2015|
2016 London is filled with 2:20-21 women whereas the depth in the 2016 Boston field comes in the 2:22-3 range.
|2016 London||2016 Boston|
|# Racers With PR Under 2:20||5||2|
|# Racers With PR Under 2:21||8||3|
|# Racers With PR Under 2:22||9||4|
|# Racers With PR Under 2:23||9||8|
Here’s some free advice to the Boston PR staff: next year, release your field before London and certainly don’t do it the day after as it’s impossible to not want to compare the two.
3) The Boston men’s field includes three of our top 10 ranked marathoners from 2015.
|2016 Marathon Choice for LetsRun.com’s Top 10 Ranked Marathoners|
|5||Berhanu Lemi||Dubai & Boston|