|Lawrence Cherono 2019 Boston Marathon: PhotoRun.net|
This year, the defending champion from 2018, Mo Farah will be back and hoping to win again. But, the field will be slightly different this time around and perhaps slightly tough as well.
Ethiopia’s Getaneh Molla ran his first-ever marathon earlier this year at the Dubai Marathon winning it in 2:03:34, which is the fastest ever marathon debut time in history. But, on a certified course given that Moses Mosop ran 2:03:06 for his marathon debut at the Boston marathon in 2011. With a marathon debut time that is faster than the course record, Molla will definitely be one of the athletes to watch out for here and who has great potential to break the course record.
Chicago Marathon is run on one of the fast courses in the world with the men’s course record being 2:03:45 set in 2013 by former world record holder, Dennis Kimetto. The women’s course record is 2:17:18 which was set by the women’s world record holder, Paula Radcliffe.
Four world records have been broken at the Chicago marathon before by two men; Steve Jones and Khalid Khannouchi, and two women; Catherine Ndereva and Paula Radcliffe respectively.
Another runner to watch here will be USA’s Galen Rupp who won the same marathon in 2017. He is well recovered after a correction was done on a bony bump on his heel that had seen his performance go down a little from some time in 2018.
Worth watching out for also are the two of the runners who finished in the podium of the men’s race this year at the Boston Marathon, Kenneth Kipkemoi and Lawrence Cherono, after such a thrilling finish with Lelisa Desisa.