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    NYC Marathon champ Shalane Flanagan to make fourth attempt to win her hometown race in Boston

    Dec 12, 2017
    Shalane Flanagan looks to become the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 1985. AP

    BOSTON — Reigning New York City Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan will run in Boston next year in a fourth attempt to win her hometown race.

    The four-time Olympian and reigning Chicago Marathon champion will be joined on the men's side by Galen Rupp in a field of elite Americans announced Monday by race sponsor John Hancock.

    Olympians Desiree Linden, Dathan Ritzenhein, Abdi Abdirahman, Deena Kastor and Molly Huddle also are signed up for the 122nd edition of the world's oldest annual marathon, which is being held April 16.

    Last month, Flanagan became the first American woman to win New York since 1977.

    No US woman has won Boston since 1985. But last April, the Americans had their best finishes since then, grabbing two of the top four women's spots and six of the top ten for men.

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    Shalane Flanagan looks to become the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 1985. AP
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