American athletes Matthew Tegenkamp and Adriana Nelson added to elite field for April 20 race - BOSTON - Two American athletes have been added to the roster for the 2015 Boston Marathon. One previously announced entrant, Ethiopia's Ejegayehu Dibaba, has been dropped from the field due to a leg injury.
Matthew Tegenkamp is a two-time Olympian on the track and the American record-holder in the outdoor two-mile (8:07.07). He made his marathon debut at the 2013 Chicago Marathon, finishing 10th in 2:12:28. At the 2014 New York City Half Marathon, he finished seventh and top American in a personal best 1:02:04. Highlights of his career include two national titles in the 3,000m indoors and a national title in the 5,000m outdoors. He is one of only five American men to have broken the 13-minute barrier in the 5,000m (12:58.56). A three-time World Championships participant, Tegenkamp has finished as high as fourth in the 5,000m. As a junior runner, Tegenkamp finished fifth at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, behind Dathan Ritzenhein and Kenenisa Bekele. The 2015 Boston Marathon will be Tegenkamp’s second marathon.
“It’s an honor and privilege to have an opportunity to compete in America’s greatest race,” says Tegenkamp. “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.”