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Mutai, Kilel penned for Boston return


BOSTON, Massachusetts, January 6 – Reigning champions Geoffrey Mutai and Caroline Kilel will return to defend their Boston Marathon titles at this IAAF Gold Label Road Race’s 116th running on April 16.

Speaking to Capital FM on Friday, Mutai confirmed he had been informed on the development and he was yet to finalise the arrangements.

“I have started my training but this year, the most important event is the Olympics. However, having won there last year, it is only good they are willing me to have me compete again and I’m honoured,” he added.

Mutai who blasted to 2:02:03, the fastest ever finish to a certified full marathon course last year announced he would soon issue a conclusive stand on whether he would return to the event that enhanced his bludgeoning reputation as one of the world’s greatest marathoner.

In November, the runner who turns 30 slew the ten year old New York Marathon record to set a new 2:05:06 course record.

“I want to return to Boston to defend my title,” Mutai told organisers. “I very much liked the race in 2011, because I made the best time ever run in the marathon.”

At last year’s race, Mutai produced a stunning performance, running the fastest Marathon under any conditions when he prevailed against a highly competitive field without the aid of pacesetters.

In a thrilling duel to the finish, Mutai outkicked his teammate Moses Mosop in the final metres to break the tape in 2:03:02 to Mosop’s 2:03:06.

After his Boston win, Mutai continued to break barriers as he notched a 2:05:06 course record this past fall at the ING New York City Marathon.

With that double crown, he became the first man in history to break course records in Boston and New York City in the same year.

Boston’s 2011 women’s race was equally enthralling as fans from around the world saw Kilel trade the lead with American Desiree Davila several times down the finishing stretch of Boylston Street.

Kilel ultimately triumphed by two seconds over Davila for the 2:22:36 win, before collapsing in exhaustion. The close finish marked the fourth consecutive year the women’s race in Boston had been decided by three seconds or less.

“I have chosen the Boston Marathon because, of course, I had a good experience by winning in 2011,” said Kilel. “I hope I can do the same this year.” With another podium finish, Kilel hopes to be named to the 2012 Kenyan Olympic Marathon Team.

Kilel and Davila now respectively hold the fourth and fifth fastest times ever run on the Boston course. Davila also claimed the U.S. course record of 2:22:38, which eclipsed Joan Benoit Samuelson’s 1983 record of 2:22:43.

– Sourced from organisers for IAAF