Kenyans Kirui, Kiplagat win 121st Boston Marathon
- Author: Marjorie Miles Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 2:10
Ethiopia's Lemi Berhanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa will line up among the world's top distance runners on Monday to defend their Boston Marathon titles, with tens of thousands of spectators expected to line the course amid tight security.
Katherine Switzer became the first woman to officially finish the Boston Marathon on April 19, 1967, after this physical scuffle. Murphy and his network of race sleuths on blog Marathon Investigation identified 15 people who had gained entrance into Boston this year that had no place there, he said. Now 70, with 39 marathons under her belt, it will be her first time running the Boston race since 1976 and her first marathon since 2011.
The honors won't end for the winners on Monday: A guide dog training center in NY will name two puppies from a litter expected during the race after the men's and women's champions. Then, in December, Kenyan Rita Jeptoo was stripped of her 2014 title for failing a drug test and it was handed instead to Ethiopia's Buzunesh Deba.
The athletes had a tailwind of 13 miles per hour, the AP reports.
Geoffrey Kirui, of Kenya, crosses the finish line to win the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17, 2017, in Boston.
Kiplagat established herself as an elite-runner when she won the Los Angeles and New York City Marathons in 2010.
American Desi Linden was fourth behind Hasay - the first time since 1991 that two US women have finished in the top four. She had entered the race with her friend Arnie and her boyfriend Tom Miller and it took a a body block her boyfriend to knock the official off the course.
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But Jordan Hasay, racing her first ever marathon, finished third, and fellow American Desi Linden was fourth.
Boston's top cop has completed his first marathon since the 2013 bombings.
Schar, who won the marathon gold medal at the 2013 World Championships, finished with a time of 1:28:17, also setting a new world record.
"The winners' times are considered a world best and not a world record".
Update 10:55 a.m.: Though some athletes have already completed the marathon's 26.2 miles, others haven't even started the race yet.
Sculptor Pablo Eduardo was chosen unanimously by the families to design the markers that will be placed on the two bombing sites on Boylston Street.
Update 10:50 a.m.: The Boston Athletic Association announces the victor of the women's push-rim: Manuela Schar of Switzerland.