There have been two changes to the 2017 John Hancock Elite Athlete Team for the 121st running of the Boston Marathon on April 17.
Shalane Flanagan will unfortunately have to withdraw from the 2017 Boston Marathon due to a fracture in her back that will require four to six weeks of rest and healing. "I'm extremely sad at the loss of opportunity to run with the best and that I will not be a part of my favorite race," said Shalane. The four-time Olympian has run Boston three times and recorded the fastest time ever run by an American woman on the Boston course in 2014 (2:22:02). Shalane most recently finished sixth in the marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. She won the bronze medal in the 10,000m at the 2008 Olympics and the bronze medal at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She holds North and Central American records in the indoor 3,000m and 5,000m and in the 10K, 15K, and 25K.
Suguru Osako, a five-time national record holder on the track for Japan, will make his marathon debut at the 2017 Boston Marathon.
One of Japan’s most talented track athletes, Osako holds five national records: 3,000m (7:40.09), 5,000m (13:08.40), 3,000m indoor (7:45.62, en route to the two-mile indoor record), Two-Miles indoor (8:16.47) and 5,000m indoor (13:28). As a junior runner, he finished eighth at the IAAF World Junior Championships 10,000m and 32nd at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. The same year, he won the Ageo City Half Marathon in 1:01:47, setting an Asian junior record for the event. In 2011, Osako won the gold medal in the 10,000m at the Shenzen Summer Universiade. He is a national champion in the 5,000m and 10,000m and competed in both events at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In February, he improved his half marathon best to 1:01:13, with a sixth place finish at the Marugame Half Marathon. Osako currently lives in Portland, Oregon, and trains with the Nike Oregon Project.