Now that it's cool to care about the Boston Marathon again, Fittish will spend the next seven days familiarizing you with the elite field. Today's entry: Dennis Kimetto.
Name: Dennis Kimetto
Is "Kip" Somewhere In His Name?: Yes (middle name Kipruto)
Does He Sometimes Use a Different Last Name?: Yes (Koech)
Really?: Uh, sure. One time they gave him the world junior record for the half-marathon, until they realized he was actually ten years older than they thought. But it's all straight now, I'm sure.
PR: 2:03:45 (4:43/mile)
Why Do Some People Say PR and Some Say PB?: I think one is metric.
Headphone Wearer?: No.
Signature Wins: Chicago 2013 (course record); Toyko 2013 (course record); Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon (psyche!).
Signature Second Place Finish Where He Conveniently Finished One Second Behind His Teammate Who Received An Extra $500,000 With A Victory: Berlin 2012
Likelihood of Victory: High to Very High. He has the fastest personal best in the field, and has won his last two races in decisive fashion. With a victory in Boston, he joins yesterday's London winner, Wilson Kipsang, as the co-greatest marathoners on the planet.
Fun Fact: Would become the first Dennis to win the Boston Marathon since three-time champion Dennis Rodman.