John Hancock Financial Announces Elite Field Changes for 2014 Boston Marathon (Ryan Hall, Abdi in, Dathan, Moses Mosop out), release from JHF

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Ryan Hall, Meb, Abdi Abdirhaman, photo by PhotoRun.net 

Ryan Hall and Abdi are in, Moses and Dathan are out, so it goes with elite marathoners. The line between high fitness and injury is sometimes very close. 
John Hancock Financial Announces Elite Field Changes for the 2014 Boston Marathon

BOSTON, MA, March 3, 2014--John Hancock Financial today announced John Hancock Elite Athlete Team changes for the for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014.

Additions to the elite men's field include U.S. Olympians Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman and Kenyan elite Mathew Bowen. Withdrawals to the elite men's field include Kenyan elite Moses Mosop, U.S. Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein and Australian Olympian Jeffrey Hunt.

Additions:

·        Ryan Hall recorded the fastest marathon by an American of all time with his 2:04:58 fourth-place finish at the 2011 Boston Marathon. He has run Boston three times, finishing third in 2009, and fourth in both 2010 and 2011. Hall was first at the 2007 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, in an event record, and went on to place 10th at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Marathon. At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, he finished second. Hall is the American record holder in the 20K, the 30K and the half marathon, where his 59:43 marked the first time an American had ever broken the one-hour barrier.  

"I am incredibly excited to participate in this year's Boston Marathon," says Hall. "After watching the tragic events that unfolded at last year's race and knowing the resilience of both the running and Boston communities, I knew this year's race was going to be a run of redemption that I am eager to be a part of. This year's race will undoubtedly be the most historically significant marathon in Boston's storied history."

·        Abdi Abdirahman finished third at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon to qualify for his fourth Olympic team. He has finished top five at both the Chicago and New York City Marathons. In the 10,000m, he is a four-time U.S. National Champion and competed in that event at the Olympics in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Abdirahman has won additional national titles in the 10K, the 10-mile, the 20K, and the half marathon. His personal best time in the marathon is 2:08:56.

"It has been a dream of mine to run the Boston Marathon," says Abdirahman. "There is so much history behind the race and I'm glad to be to be part of it this year."

·        Mathew Bowen is new to the marathon distance having recently recorded a 2:10:57 at the Rennes Marathon in France. He is married to 2012 Boston Marathon champion Sharon Cherop, who will also compete in this year's Boston Marathon. The couple train together in the Rift Valley of Kenya.

Withdrawals:

·        Moses Mosop

 "I am sorry I can't compete in the Boston Marathon this year," says Mosop. "Boston has a special place in my heart and deserves my best. Due to a knee injury my training has suffered and I am not at the top of my game, yet. I hope to join the Boston Marathon next year, as watching this race is not what I am about."

·        Dathan Ritzenhein

 "I am very disappointed to withdraw from this year's Boston Marathon," says Ritzenhein. "A groin injury this winter has kept me from doing the training it takes to run with the best in the world. April 21st will be a show of strength and community after last year's events and I wanted so badly to be part of that. But I am resilient and will be back."

·        Jeffrey Hunt ran Boston last year and finished eighth. His preparation for this year's race has not proceeded as planned due to a few setbacks. Hunt says he looks forward to racing in Boston in future years.

There have been no changes to the women's elite field. An updated field list follows.

2014 John Hancock Elite Athlete Team
118th Boston Marathon     April 21, 2014
 
WOMENPersonal Best TimeCountry
Mare Dibaba2:19:52 (Dubai, 2012)Ethiopia
Rita Jeptoo2:19:57 (Chicago, 2013)Kenya
Jemima Jelagat Sumgong2:20:48 (Chicago, 2013)Kenya
Meseret Hailu2:21:09 (Amsterdam, 2012) CREthiopia
Eunice Kirwa2:21:41 (Amsterdam, 2012)Kenya
Sharon Cherop2:22:28 (Berlin, 2013)Kenya
Caroline Kilel2:22:34 (Frankfurt, 2013)Kenya
Desiree Linden2:22:38 (Boston, 2011)USA
Flomena Chepchichir2:23:00 (Frankfurt, 2013)Kenya
Buzunesh Deba2:23:19 (New York, 2011)Ethiopia
Tatiana Petrova Arkhipova2:23:29 (London, 2012)Russia
Aleksandra Duliba2:23:44 (Chicago, 2013) NRBelarus
Yeshi Esayias2:24:06 (Frankfurt, 2013)Ethiopia
Philes Ongori2:24:20 (Rotterdam, 2011)Kenya
Belaynesh Oljira2:25:01 (Dubai, 2013)Ethiopia
Shalane Flanagan2:25:38 (Houston, 2012)USA
Yolanda Caballero2:26:17 (Boston, 2011)Colombia
Amy Hastings2:27:03 (Los Angeles, 2011)USA
Lanni Marchant2:28:00 (Toronto, 2013)Canada
Serena Burla2:28:01 (Amsterdam, 2013)USA
Noriko Higuchi2:28:49 (Tokyo, 2011)Japan
Adriana Nelson2:28:52 (London, 2008)USA
Adriana Aparecida da Silva2:29:17 (Tokyo, 2012)Brazil
MENPersonal Best TimeCountry
Dennis Kimetto2:03:45 (Chicago 2013) CRKenya
Lelisa Desisa2:04:45 (Dubai, 2013)Ethiopia
Gebre Gebremariam2:04:53 (Boston, 2011)Ethiopia
Markos Geneti2:04:54 (Dubai, 2012)Ethiopia
Ryan Hall2:04:58 (Boston, 2011)USA
Wilson Chebet2:05:27 (Rotterdam, 2011)Kenya
Tilahun Regassa2:05:27 (Chicago, 2012)Ethiopia
Shami Dawud2:05:42 (Dubai, 2012)Ethiopia
Eric Ndiema2:06:07 (Amsterdam, 2011)Kenya
Frankline Chepkwony2:06:11 (Eindhoven, 2012)Kenya
Micah Kogo2:06:56 (Chicago, 2013)Kenya
Adil Annani2:07:43 (London, 2012)Morocco
Paul Lonyangata2:07:44 (Xiamen, 2013)Kenya
Joel Kimurer2:07:48 (Gongju, 2013)Kenya
Lusapho April2:08:32 (Hannover, 2013) CRSouth Africa
Abdi Abdirahman2:08:56 (Chicago, 2006)USA
Mebrahtom Keflezighi2:09:08 (Houston, 2012)USA
Brett Gotcher2:10:36 (Houston, 2010)USA
Mathew Bowen2:10:57 (Rennes, 2013)Kenya
Jason Hartmann2:11:06 (Chicago 2010)USA
Nicholas Arciniaga2:11:30 (Houston, 2011)USA
Vitaliy Shafar2:11:52 (Frankfurt, 2013)Ukraine
Jeffrey Eggleston2:12:03 (Chicago, 2012)USA


About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial 

John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife Financial, a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$599 billion (US$563 billion) as at December 31, 2013. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers and administers a broad range of financial products, including life insuranceannuities, investments401(k) plans, long-term care insurance,college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com. 

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