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1999 champ Chebet joins men's field

By Barbara Huebner, Globe Staff, 4/10/2001

past champion was added yesterday to the field for Monday's 105th Boston Marathon.

Joseph Chebet, who came from behind in 1999 to win in 2 hours 9 minutes and 52 seconds and halt his string of three consecutive second-place finishes, joins 1998 winner Moses Tanui and last year's champion, Elijah Lagat, in a strong men's field that also includes the 2000 Olympic gold medalist Gezahegne Abera of Ethiopia. Chebet, Tanui, and Lagat are all from Kenya.

Other late additions announced by sponsor John Hancock Financial Services are American Scott Larson, the fourth-place finisher in last year's US Olympic marathon trials; Mbarek Hussein of Kenya, winner of the 1998 Honolulu Marathon and brother of three-time Boston champion Ibrahim Hussein; and Joao N'Tyamba of Angola, a 2000 Olympian.

In 1999, Chebet was the No. 1-ranked marathoner in the world. He became only the third man in history to score a Boston and New York Marathon double in the same year, joining Alberto Salazar (1982) and Bill Rodgers (1978, 1979). Last year, he finished eighth here.

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