20 Russians to participate in Boston Marathon on April 20

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“It turned out that none of the Russian team members has entered this year the Boston Marathon,” the national team head coach told TASS.

Twenty Russians will take part in the Boston Marathon, which will be held on 20 April. According to national team coach Alexey Melnikov, for the first time in many years, none of national team members will take part in the track and field event.

According to the official website of the Boston Marathon, one of the oldest and most prestigious marathon races in the world, next Monday 20 representatives of Russia (18 men and 2 women) will be at the starting line. They are all amateurs and will not run in the elite group, except the silver medalist of the 2014 Moscow International Marathon Sergey Zyryanov who will start earlier.

“It turned out that none of the Russian team members has entered this year the Boston Marathon. Last year’s participant of the competition Tatyana Petrova-Arkhipova, who had finished 13th then, decided to take part in the London Marathon, which will be held in late April,” explained Melnikov.

Another Russian, a triple middle distance runner at the Olympic Games (1996, 2000 and 2004) Vyacheslav Shabunin, clinched silver in the 2014 Boston Marathon among men aged 40-44.

Shabunin participated in the 2013 Boston Marathon, which was marred by two explosions in the fans’ zone near the finish line. The terrorist attack left three people killed and more than 260 injured.

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