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Who is favored to win the 2022 Boston Marathon

We discuss the favorites of the 2022 Boston Marathon.

Benson Kipruto of Kenya reacts after winning the 125th Boston Marathon on October 11, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The 2022 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18th. The 126th Boston Marathon returns to its usual April date after being held in October last year due to the pandemic. The action gets started at 9:02 a.m. ET and will be available to watch on a number of platforms. The event will air live on USA, Peacock, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

The Boston Marathon will be held on Patriots’ Day for the first time since 2019 and there are 30,000 participants expected to be involved in the event. Benson Kipruto from Kenya won the 2021 Boston Marathon in 2:09:51. He was followed by Lemi Berhanu (2:10:37) and Jemal Yimer (2:10:38) for the three fastest times for a male participant. Diana Kipyokei from Kenya ran the 2021 Boston Marathon with a time of 2:24:45 which was the fastest time for a female competitor. She was followed by Edna Kiplagat (2:25:09) and Mary Ngugi (2:25:20) who rounded out the podium for female participants.

For the 2022 race, Berhanu is one of the favorites after finishing second in 2021. Seven of the previous eight winners of the Boston Marathon will be competing in the field this year. Another competitor to watch is 33-year-old Evans Chebet from Kenya who has finished in the top six in every marathon they have been able to finish.

Four runners in the top-seven worldwide will compete in the 2022 Boston Marathon. 23-year-old Degitu Azimeraw is one of the favorites this year having burst onto the scene in the 2019 Amsterdam Marathon and the 2021 London Marathon. Other favorites include Peres Jepchirchir and Joyciline Jepkosgei from Kenya.