Boston Marathon 2021: India’s Nitendra Singh Rawat to compete in elite race

For Rio 2016 Olympian Nitendra Singh Rawat, this will be his first race since the New Delhi marathon in March.

By Ubaid Parkar
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India’s Nitendra Singh Rawat will be a part of the elite field at the Boston Marathon 2021 on Monday.

The elite field at the 125th edition of the prestigious race, the world's oldest annual marathon, comprises 45 women and 46 men.

The participants include previous winners like 2017 world champion Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya, Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu, and two-time winner and current world champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia among men.

Lelisa Desisa also competed at the Tokyo Olympics. Abdi Abdirahman of the USA, a five-time Olympian, will also take part in the Boston Marathon 2021.

Among women, three-time Olympian Desiree Linden of the United States, Ethiopia’s Atsede Baysa, and Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat and Caroline Rotich are the previous champions who make up the field. Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia, the 2015 world champion, will also run.

The Boston Marathon was not held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2019 edition of the race was won by Kenyan Lawrence Cherono with a time of 2:07:57 in the men’s division.

Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia won the title in the women’s category, clocking 2:23:31.

The Boston Marathon course record for men stands at 2:03:02. It was set by Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya in 2011.

The 35-year-old Nitendra Singh Rawat’s personal best is 2:15:18. It was set when he won the gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati.

This will be Nitendra Singh Rawat’s first race since the New Delhi National Marathon in March, where he finished second with 2:18:55. The event, won by Srinu Bugatha in 2:14:59, was an Olympic qualifier for Tokyo 2020. Neither Srinu nor Nitendra made the Olympic cut.

Rawat, who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics, will be running in his first international race since the London Marathon in 2019, where he finished 26th with 2:15:59.