The Top 23 Elite Athletes To Watch In The 2017 Boston Marathon

Two Olympic medalists (both American), six past champions, and 18 Olympians overall add up to a star-studded professional lineup for the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. Leading the charge will be the defending champions, Lemi Berhanu Hayle for the men and Atsede Baysa for the women, both from Ethiopia. As a group the field has won 15 Abbott World Marathon Majors and 79 international marathon titles. But only two will emerge as champions on April 17. Here are some of the names to watch.

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