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Marathon world record holder to run in Boston Marathon for first time

WCVB Boston 12/1/2022

He's the current marathon world record holder and a double Olympic marathon gold medalist.

This spring, Eliud Kipchoge will make his debut at the 127th Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association announced on Thursday.

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As the fastest marathoner in history, Kipchoge will take on the historic Boston Marathon course with hopes of earning his eleventh win at a world marathon majors event, according to the BAA.

Kipchoge's last marathon resulted in a new world record when he ran a time of 2:01:09 for the win at September’s Berlin Marathon.

His all-time best is a 1:59:40 run at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge exhibition event in 2019 -- where he became the first man ever to cover 26.2 miles in under two hours.

The 38-year-old looks to become the only man in history to have established a marathon world record, won two Olympic marathon gold medals, and broken the tape first in Boston over the span of their career.

The Boston Athletic Association also announced Thursday that reigning World Athletics Marathon champion Gotytom Gebreslase will make her Boston Marathon debuts in April, joining six distinguished Boston Marathon champions on the starting line of the 127th Boston Marathon.

Among the Boston Marathon champions set to race are reigning winner Evans Chebet of Kenya and Des Linden, the most recent American open division champion.

The complete 127th Boston Marathon professional field – including additional Boston Marathon champions, Abbott World Marathon Majors winners, global medalists, and Paralympic champions — will be announced in the coming months.

The 127th Boston Marathon will be held on April 17 and will feature 30,000 participants.

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