Kenyans Kirui, Kiplagat Win 121st Boston Marathon


Kirui finished in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 37 seconds to claim a silver trophy, a guilded olive wreath from Marathon, Greece, and the $150,000 first prize.

Kiplagat opened up a big lead heading into the dreaded Newton hills, and won in an official 2 hours, 21 minutes, 52 seconds.

With two-time fourth-place finisher Shalane Flanagan of Marblehead, Massachusetts, 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. Jeptoo, whose 2006 and 2013 victories remain unchallenged, is the first person to break the tape on Boylston Street and be disqualified since Rosie Ruiz famously took a shortcut to the finish line in 1980.

But Ethiopia has surpassed its East African neighbors on Patriots' Day the past four years, earning its first sweep in 2016. "I wasn't there to prove anything", she said (via the Boston Globe). "Give him credit, he ran an unbelievable race and I just didn't have it those last few miles".

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For its first 70 years the Boston Marathon had not allowed women to run - and nineteen sixty seven was no different.

"The winners' times are considered a world best and not a world record". It was 69 and warming at the halfway point in Wellesley and expected to be up to 72 degrees by the time the runners reached the finish in Boston's Back Bay.

Hug, a seven-time world champion and two-time Paralympic gold medalist, set a new course record on Monday with a finish time of 1:18:04.

"The wind is so important", Hug said.

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It was near that two-mile line that Switzer was confronted by the race director Jock Semple, who physically tried to stop the then-20-year-old. "Everything was fantastic today".

Plans are in the works for memorials to mark the sites where two bombs exploded during the 2013 Boston Marathon.

The 26.2-mile course goes through eight cities and towns, starting in Hopkinton and ending on Boylston Street in Boston.

"I had the honor and privilege to win for the people, with the victims' names on my bib", Keflezighi said, referencing the names of Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingz, and Sean Collier, which were written in marker in the corners of his racing bib during the winning run.

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