Americans among favorites at Boston


Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field

BOSTON, Mass. - Olympic silver medalist Mebrahtom (Meb) Keflezighi (San Diego, Calif.) is among the pre-race favorites for Monday's running of the 100th B.A.A. Boston Marathon. Keflezighi leads a contingent of top U.S. marathoners that includes last year's fourth-place finisher Alan Culpepper (Louisville, Colo.) and Brian Sell (Rochester Hills, Mich.), 9th at the 2005 IAAF World Championships Marathon.

The U.S. trio will face a strong international field that includes last year's champion, Hailu Negussie of Ethiopia, 2004 champion Timothy Cherigat and 2003 champion Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya.

The pre-race favorite in the women's division is 2005 ING New York City Marathon champion Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia.

Looking to lead the resurgence of American marathoners at Boston, Keflezighi, Culpepper and Sell each aspire to be the first U.S. champion since Greg Meyer in 1983.

The 110th B.A.A Boston Marathon starts at Noon on Monday and will be televised live on OLN.

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