Kenyans Kirui, Kiplagat Win 121st Boston Marathon

Oceane Deschanel
Abril 18, 2017

Geffory Kirui of Kenya won the Men's Elite race with an unofficial time of 2:09:37, Kenya's Edna Kiplagat won the Woman's Elite race with an unofficial time of 2:21:52, with Rose Chelimo of Bahrain in second and American Jordan Hasay in third.

Geoffrey Kirui, of Kenya, crosses the finish line to win the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17, 2017, in Boston.

Kirui, 24, produced a devastating sprint with four miles to go to settle an enthralling tactical battle with American rival Galen Rupp, the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist.

She narrowly missed becoming only the third woman to win the Gate River Run and the Boston Marathon in the same year.

"It's my last [Boston] Marathon - what do I have to worry about?"

WOMEN TIMES TWOAtsede Baysa is back to defend her women's title, but she will be joined in the field by another returning victor fresh off a Boston victory. "A big man, a huge man, with bared teeth was set to pounce, and before I could react he grabbed my shoulder and flung me back, screaming, 'Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers, '" Switzer described in her memoir, according to CNN.

Finishing 13th, about eight minutes behind Rupp, was 2014 Boston champion Meb Keflezighi.

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The warm temperatures that hit 79 degrees at the 20-kilometer mark in Natick slowed the runners, but the strong tailwind was a boost - especially in the wheelchair races.

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. Fellow Swiss Marcel Hug took the men's race in 1:18:04, also the fastest time ever. "I heard so many wonderful things about this race and the support is like nothing I have ever received in a marathon".

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The athletes had a tailwind of 13 miles per hour, the AP reports.

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

Keflezighi, 41, finished 13th this year in what he said will be his last competitive run in Boston.

"If I can come back", he said, "everyone can".

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