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Posted: April 15, 2009  :

(RRW) Athletics: Bookmaker Favors Cheruiyot At Boston

From David Monti

© 2009 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Ireland's largest bookmaker has tagged four-time Boston Marathon champion, Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya, as a 6-to-4 bet to win Monday's 113th edition of the race, the best odds of any man in the invited field. The bookmaker, Paddy Power, is offering bets on nine of the men's invited athletes, with the longest odds at 25-to-1.

Another Kenyan, Evans Cheruiyot, last October's Bank of America Chicago Marathon champion, was given a 5-to-2 chance to win, and American Ryan Hall of Big Bear Lake, Calif., is rated at 7-to-2. Hall is the fastest man in the field with a 2:06:17 personal best.

The remaining odds offered by Paddy Power are as follows: Deriba Merga, Ethiopia, 9-to-1; Daniel Rono, Kenya, 14-1; Ben Maiyo, Kenya, 14-to-1; Gashaw Melese Asfaw, Ethiopia, 20-to-1; and Gudisa Shentema, Ethiopia, 25-to-1.

Abebe Dinkesa of Ethiopia is also listed at 25-to-1, but he has withdrawn from the race, according to John Hancock Financial, the sponsor of the elite fields at Boston.

Paddy Power, nor any other bookmaker, offered odds on the women's race.

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