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American Brett Gotcher added to 2011 Boston Marathon elite field

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  March 4, 2011 11:34 AM

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American talent Brett Gotcher has been added to the elite field for the 115th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18.

Gotcher ran the fourth fastest American marathon debut in Houston in 2010 and the 2:10:36 he recorded is his personal best. Gotcher represented the United States at the 2009 World Half Marathon Championships and the 2009 World Cross Country Championships.

Accomplished at the national level, Gotcher won the 2009 USATF 20K Championships in 58:57, placed third in the USATF Half Marathon Championships with a personal best 1:02:09, and finished seventh in the USATF Cross Country Championships.

Antonio Vega, the USATF Men’s Long Distance Runner of the Year, has not been able to train properly due to a stress fracture in the pelvis and has withdrawn from this year's race. Vega’s doctors expect the athlete will be back racing in the summer.

“Once I found out that I had a stress fracture, I was extremely disappointed that I would have to miss the Boston Marathon,” said Vega. “Last year I considered the Boston Marathon one of my breakthrough races, and was looking forward to coming back again this year and bettering my performance. As tough as it is to have to sit out this year’s race, I look forward to coming back and running the Boston Marathon in future years.”

Vega won the 2010 US Half Marathon Championships last year in 1:01:54 and then finished 12th at the Boston Marathon. He trains with Team USA Minnesota.

Updated field lists for men and women elites follow:

Men’s Open FieldCitizenshipPersonal Best
1Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot Kenya2:05:52 (Boston, 2010) CR
2Geoffrey MutaiKenya2:04:55 (Rotterdam, 2010)
3Ryan HallUSA2:06:17 (London, 2008)
4Gilbert YegonKenya2:06:18 (Amsterdam, 2009)
5Evans CheruiyotKenya2:06:25 (Chicago, 2008)
6Tadese TolaEthiopia2:06:31 (Frankfurt, 2010)
7Sylvester TeimetKenya2:06:49 (Seoul, 2010) CR
8Bekana DabaEthiopia2:07:04 (Houston, 2011) CR
9Philip Kimutai SangaKenya2:07:11 (Frankfurt, 2010)
10Shadrack KiplagatKenya2:07:53 (Amsterdam, 2007)
11Tekeste KebedeEthiopia2:07:23 (Boston, 2010)
12Abreham CherkosEthiopia2:07:29 (Amsterdam, 2010)
13Deressa Chimsa Ethiopia2:07:54 (Dubai, 2009)
14Stephen KibiwotKenya2:07:54 (Praha, 2009)
15Robert KipchumbaKenya2:08:07 (Xiamen, 2011) CR
16Gebregziabher GebremariamEthiopia2:08:14 (New York City 2010)
17Moses Kigen KipkosgeiKenya2:10:12 (Nairobi, 2009) CR
18Brett GotcherUSA2:10:36 (Houston, 2010)
19Peter KamaisKenya2:14:58 (New York City, 2010)
20Alistair CraggIrelandDebut
21Moses MosopKenyaDebut

Women’s Open FieldCountryPersonal Best
1Teyba ErkessoEthiopia2:23:53 (Houston, 2010) CR
2Catherine NderebaKenya2:18:47 (Chicago, 2001) NR
3Galina BogomolovaRussia2:20:47 (Chicago, 2006)
4Sharon CheropKenya2:22:43 (Toronto, 2010) CR
5Tirfi TsegayeEthiopia2:22:44 (Toronto, 2010)
6Merima MohammedEthiopia2:23:06 (Toronto, 2010)
7Salina KosgeiKenya2:23:22 (Berlin, 2006)
8Caroline KilelKenya2:23:25 (Frankfurt, 2010) CR
9Dire TuneEthiopia2:23:44 (Frankfurt, 2010)
10Alice TimbililiKenya2:25:03 (Amsterdam, 2010)
11Kim SmithNew Zealand2:25:21 (London, 2010) NR
12Kara GoucherUSA2:25:52 (New York, 2008)
13Tatyana PushkarevaRussia2:26:14 (Boston, 2010)
14Desiree DavilaUSA2:26:20 (Chicago, 2010)
15Misiker Mekonin DemissieEthiopia2:26:20 (Los Angeles, 2010)
16Silvia SkvortsovaRussia2:26:24 (Berlin, 2009)
17Werknesh KidaneEthiopia2:27:15 (Dubai, 2011)
18Hellen MugoKenya2:27:16 (Carpi, 2010)
19Yuliya RubanUkraine2:27:44 (Frankfurt, 2010)
20Woynishet Girma Ethiopia2:27:51 (Amsterdam, 2010)
21Blake RussellUSA2:29:10 (Chicago, 2005)
22Florence KiplagatKenyaDebut

Material from The Boston Athletic Association was used in this report.

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