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The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced its full elite athlete field for the event’s 35th running on October 7.

 Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede tops a stacked roster of athletes hungry for a breakthrough performance on Chicago’s international stage, while the women’s field welcomes, among others, Werknesh Kidane of Ethiopia, coming off a fourth-place finish in the 10,000-meter race at the London Olympics. These athletes join previously announced 2012 Boston Marathon champion and Chicago runner-up Wesley Korir of Kenya, three-time U.S. Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein, and three-time defending champion Liliya Shobukhova of Russia.

Kebede returns to Chicago after a memorable duel against the late Sammy Wanjiru at the 2010 race.Olympic champion’s brief but spectacular period of dominance in the sport, Kebede, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, was Wanjiru’s most famous opponent, with the 2010 Chicago Marathon being the pinnacle of their rivalry. He’ll be joined by countrymen Feyisa Lilesa, the 2011 World Championship bronze medalist; 2:05 performers Dadi Yami and Shami Dawit; 2012 Paris Marathon runner-up Raji Assefa; and Tilahun Regassa in his highly anticipated debut.

 Kenya’s Levy Matebo is the fastest entrant in the field, with a 2:05:16 performance at the 2011 Frankfurt Marathon. He’ll challenge fellow Kenyan Wesley Korir, who came from behind to steal victory away from him at the 2012 Boston Marathon. The Kenyan contingent also includes 2012 Tokyo Marathon champion Michael Kipyego, 2011 Chicago Marathon runner-up Bernard Kipyego, 2011 Amsterdam Marathon runner-up Laban Korir, 2012 Lake Biwa Marathon champion Samuel Ndungu, and Sammy Kitwara, the fifth-fastest half marathon performer of all time.

2012 Elite Field

Men
Name
Levy Matebo 
Tsegaye Kebede
Feyisa Lilesa 
Dadi Yami
Shami Dawit 
Laban Korir 
Wesley Korir 
Raji Assefa 
Bernard Kipyego 
Michael Kipyego 
Samuel Ndungu 
Takeshi Horiguchi 
Dathan Ritzenhein 
Takeshi Kumamoto 
Yuki Moriwaki 
Hiroki Kadota 
Naoki Okamoto 
Jimmy Grabow
Koji Kobayashi 
Jeffrey Eggleston 
Jason Gutierrez 
Patrick Rizzo 
Patrick Smyth 
William Naranjo
Craig Leon 
Diego Colorado 
Malcolm Richards 
Tim Tollefson
Thomas Frazer 
Carlos Trujillo 
Sammy Kitwara 
Tilahun Regassa 




Country
KEN 
ETH 
ETH 
ETH
ETH
KEN 
KEN 
ETH 
KEN 
KEN
KEN 
JPN 
USA 
JPN 
JPN 
JPN 
JPN 
USA 
JPN 
USA
COL 
USA
USA
COL
USA 
COL 
USA 
USA 
IRL 
USA 
KEN 
ETH




Personal Best
                        
2:05:16
2:05:18
2:05:23
2:05:41
2:05:42
2:06:05
2:06:15
2:06:24 
2:06:29
2:06:48
2:07:04
2:09:16
2:09:55
2:10:13
2:11:52
2:12:25
2:12:31
2:12:35
2:12:52
2:13:12
2:13:24
2:13:42
2:15:00
2:15:39
2:15:42
2:16:45
2:17:29
2:18:26
2:19:42
2:20:56
58:48 (half marathon)
59:19 (half marathon)


Women
Name
Liliya Shobukhova
Lucy Kabuu 
Atsede Baysa 
Ejegayehu Dibaba 
Merima Mohammed
Rita Jeptoo 
Maria Konovalova 
Caroline Rotich 
Werknesh Kidane 
Belainesh Gebre 
Laurie Knowles
Devon Crosby-Helms 
Lindsay Tollefson 
Deanna Ardrey 
Addie Bracy 
Renee Metivier Baille
Stephanie Pezzullo 


Country
RUS
KEN
ETH
ETH
ETH
KEN 
RUS
KEN
ETH 
ETH 
USA 
USA
USA 
USA
USA 
USA 
USA 


Personal Best
2:18:20
2:19:34
2:22:04
2:22:09
2:23:24
2:23:38
2:23:50
2:24:26
2:26:15
2:26:17
2:38:09
2:38:50
2:43:00
2:43:12
2:44:34
1:11:51 (half marathon)
1:13:12 (half marathon)

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