BAA Final Elite Fields Announced: Ryan Hall and Kara Goucher lead Americans, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

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Ryan Hall, shown here in his superb FLORA 2008 London race, is one of the announced field in the 2009 version of the BAA Boston Marathon. Kara Goucher will be the top American women in the field. Both Hall and Goucher will have their hands full with very challenging fields on both the men's women's sides. Photos by Photo Run.net.

BOSTON (USA): Organizers of the Boston Marathon have released their final elite fields for the 113th running of America‘s oldest marathon set for Monday, April 20, shown below with career best times:

MEN - Ryan Hall, USA: 2:06:17 (London, 2008), Evans Cheruiyot, Kenya: 2:06:25 (Chicago, 2008) Deriba Merga, Ethiopia: 2:06:38 (London, 2008) Daniel Rono, Kenya: 2:06:58 (Rotterdam, 2008 Benjamin Maiyo, Kenya: 2:07:09 (Chicago, 2005) Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenya: 2:07:14 (Boston, 2006) CR Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, Kenya: 2:07:21 (Frankfurt, 2008) Gudisa Shentema, Ethiopia:2:07:34 (Paris, 2008) Gashaw Asfaw, Ethiopia: 2:08:03 (Paris, 2006) Stephen Kiogora, Kenya: 2:08:24 (Frankfurt, 2008) Solomon Molla, Ethiopia: 2:08:46 (Seoul, 2008) Timothy Cherigat, Kenya: 2:09: 34 (San Sebastian, 2002) CR Lee Troop, Australia: 2:09:49 (Otsu City, 2003) Elijah Sang, Kenya: 2:10:13 (Frankfurt, 2007) Brian Sell, USA: 2:10:47 (Chicago, 2006) Grigoriy Andreev, Russia: 2:11:01 (Turin, 2008) Iaroslav Musinschi, Moldova: 2:11:43 (Istanbul, 2008) Abebe Dinkesa, Ethiopia: Debut.

Dire Tune is one of the field announced by John Hancock Financial Services as members of the field for the 2009 BAA Boston Marathon.

WOMEN - Galina Bogolomova, Russia: 2:20:47 (Chicago, 2006) NR Bezunesh Bekele, Ethiopia: 2:23:09 (Dubai, 2008) Salina Kosgei, Kenya: 2:23:22 (Berlin, 2006) Dire Tune, Ethiopia: 2:24:40 (Houston, 2008) Helena Kirop, Kenya: 2:25:01 (Berlin, 2008) Lidiya Grigoryeva, Russia: 2:25:10 (Los Angeles, 2006) CR Atsede Habtamu, Ethiopia: 2:25:17 (Dubai, 2009 Kara Goucher, USA: 2:25:53 (New York City, 2008) Alice Timbilili, Kenya: 2:26:45 (Paris, 2008) Shuru Deriba, Ethiopia: 2:28:26 (Dubai, 2009) Elva Dryer, USA: 2:31:48 (Chicago, 2006). Informs Race Results Weekly.

Kara Goucher is shown here, in her preparations for the 2009 Boston Marathon. Photo by Photorun.net.

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