Tegenkamp, Nelson Added To Boston Fields

Ethiopian Ejegayehu Dibaba has pulled out due to injury.

The American presence at this year’s Boston Marathon got a little stronger on Tuesday morning.

Two-time Olympian Matthew Tegenkamp, a teammate of Shalane Flanagan as a member of coach Jerry Schumacher’s Bowerman Track Club, will run his second marathon on April 20. The Portland, Oregon-based athlete made his marathon debut at the 2013 Chicago Marathon, finishing tenth in 2:12:28. At the 2014 New York City Half Marathon, he was the top American finisher in seventh place, running a personal best 1:02:04. He will be joined on the starting line by defending champion Meb Keflezighi, fellow Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein, as well as Fernando Cabada, Jeffrey Eggleston and Nick Arciniaga.

“It’s an honor and privilege to have an opportunity to compete in America’s greatest race,” Tegenkamp said in a release. “This being my first time on the Boston course, I don’t know what to expect, but I will bring my competitive fire and fitness.”

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On the women’s side, Adriana Nelson of Boulder, Colo., joins Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Linden and Amy Hastings amongst the top American entrants in the race. Nelson, who won the 2013 U.S. half-marathon title and was the top American finisher at the New York City Marathon later that year, has a marathon personal best of 2:28:52, set at London in 2008.

“Having raced marathons all over the world, I can say with 100 percent confidence there isn’t another race like the Boston Marathon,” Nelson said in a release. “I asked myself what makes it different and I think it comes down to the people. It’s not only the runners competing in the race, but all the passionate spectators and volunteers that make Boston such an iconic event. I am so honored and excited to be back this year and toe the line with the world’s best.”

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