Boilermaker course record holder is women's champ in Boston Marathon

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18 April, 2017

Two Kenyan runners, both of them making their Boston Marathon debut, have won the prestigious race. Galen Rupp's first. Two defending champions on the women's side (sort of), and Lemi Berhanu Hayle returns to go for his second straight men's title.

Kiplagat, a 38-year-old mother of two, ran alone for the final miles of the race, finishing with in 2:21:52, nearly a minute ahead of Bahrain's Rose Chelimo.

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.April 17, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Geoffrey Kirui and Galen Rupp race in the 2017 Boston Marathon. Last year, he finished the Boston Marathon in under 6 hours. While attending Syracuse University she practiced with the men's cross country team, where she met coach Arnie Briggs, who completed the Boston Marathon himself.

The 38-year-old policewoman, who missed the cut for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, smashed her competition with an unofficial time of 2:21:53.

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.

Kirui finished with a time of 2:09:37, edging out American Galen Rupp, for his first Boston Marathon victory.

The lead women's pack is starting to drop some big names behind. 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 top group of seven runners included Americans Jordan Hasay and Desi Linden.

Those times are now official in the wheelchair races. "I had the best job in the world for a long, long time".

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One day after the Easter Bunny was hopping all over MA, thousands of runners hit the road to race in the Boston Marathon. She finished anyway and became the second woman after Bobbi Gibb to complete the full course.

"In my mind, I was sure that one day I would win this race", said Kirui, 25, who was running just his third marathon.

Kiplagat won the women's 15-kilometer race in the 2010 Boilermaker with a course-record time of 47 minutes, 57 seconds. "The straight-line Boston course doesn't qualify for world records because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday". Now, at the age of 70, she's running the race again in honor of her groundbreaking run. He'll create the memorial mark. In a recent interview, she recalled, "I said, 'This is going to change my life, maybe going to change women's sports and change the world'".

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.

Jimmy Golen has covered the Boston Marathon since 1995.

The bulk of the 30,000-runner field left at 10 a.m. for the 26.2-mile trek to Copley Square. The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the annual marathon expects up to 500,000 spectators could turn up to cheer on runners.

But they also got a strong tailwind that could help, too. 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. Gusts were expected of up to 30 miles per hour.

Regardless of when Switzer crosses the finish line today, there's no denying she's already won in our eyes, a million times over. That starts at 9:32 a.m. with the men going at 10:00 a.m. sharp.


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