Kenyans shine in strong wins at Boston Marathon

Kenyans shine in strong wins at Boston Marathon

Kenyans shine in strong wins at Boston Marathon

Two times former World marathon champion Edna Kiplagat is this year's Boston Marathon women's champion while Geoffrey Kirui has claimed his first major after winning the men's race in 2 hours, 09 minutes and 37 seconds. Marathon officials disqualified Kenya's Rita Jeptoo, who had won the race as a female 'masters runner.' The award was then given to Buzunesh Deba, then 27, who had been runner's up beforehand.

Lunenburg resident Kim Ortiz, like most of her fellow Boston Marathon runners, has trained through rain, snow and freezing cold for a chance to take part in today's race.

Kiplagat, the 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Champion in the marathon, finished with a time of 2:21:52.

Keflezighi, who plans to retire from racing after the New York City marathon in November, stopped after his victory to touch the hand of Bill Richard, whose 8-year-old son Martin was the youngest person to die in the bombing.

American Jordan Hasay set a record for an American women's debut marathon, coming in third in 2:23:00.

Russian-born American Tatyana McFadden, the four-time defending champion in the women's wheelchair division, finished in fourth place with a time of 1:35:05.

With two-time fourth-place finisher Shalane Flanagan out with a back injury, the USA hopes on the women's side are represented by Desi Linden, a two-time Olympian who has thrice placed in the top 10 in Boston.

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Their victories marked a sweet return to the top for Kenya after rival Ethiopia's 2016 sweep behind Lemi Berhanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa.

The winners' times on the point-to-point Boston course are considered a world best and not a world record because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday.

BOSTON (AP) — The Kenyans are back in Boston after a relative lull that saw them shut out in the world's most prestigious marathon twice in the past three years.

Boston's top cop has completed his first marathon since the 2013 bombings. Sculptor Pablo Eduardo will create the markers. They'll be followed at 10 a.m.by the elite men.

The 121st running of the Boston Marathon is officially underway with the mobility impaired athletes. With one mile left, she had a 5:17 split (meaning that she had left the rest of the field way, way behind her!) Nobody was going to beat her.

Monday's race is getting started in temperatures of 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius.) That's ideal for spectators but a bit warm for many runners.

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