Worknesh Degefe

Worknesh Defefe Leads Ethiopian Contingent in Boston Marathon

Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefe will return to the 2024 Boston Marathon five years after winning the road race in 2019, the organizers have announced today.

The competition over the classic distance on April 15 will feature the strongest women’s field in the race’s history led by the defending Kenya’s Hellen Obiri.

A total of 19 women with personal bests under 2:23:00 will compete to earn the champion title, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) confirms.

“This year’s women’s field is exceptionally fast and showcases many who’ve been podium finishers on the global stage,” BAA President Jack Fleming said. “We look forward to crowning our champions on April 15”.

Last year,  the two-time Olympic silver medalist Obiri won the road race, clocking in 2:21:38. “I am excited to return to the 2024 Boston Marathon to try to defend my title,” the Colorado-based Kenyan athlete said.

She will face strong competition for the title from a trifecta of Ethiopians with lifetime bests under 2:18:00.

The winner of the 2019 edition Worknesh will return to Boston Marathon while 2:17:36 marathoner Tadu Teshome will make her Boston debut.

Hiwot Gebremaryam aims to improve upon her eighth-place finish last year along with the 2022 runner-up and last year’s fourth-place finisher Ababel Yeshaneh.

Also from Ethiopia, the World championships medalist Senbere Teferi will try to become the seventh Ethiopian woman to win the olive wreath in Boston