Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Health Care | By Kelly Miles

Kenyans Kirui, Kiplagat win 121st Boston Marathon

Kenyans Kirui, Kiplagat win 121st Boston Marathon

"I wanted to run the race and support the bombing survivors, to show them that life goes on and all you have to do is just push through it", Sanchez told Uproxx days before his first Boston Marathon in 2016.

In the women's competition, runners to watch include Kenya's Gladys Cherono, who won the 2015 Berlin Marathon, and Edna Kiplagat, who finished second in Chicago previous year.

Kenya's Geoffrey Kirui was the men's victor, pulling away from Rupp with about two miles to go to win in 2:09:37.

(AP Photo/Bill Sikes). U.S. distance runners Galen Rupp, left front, Jared Ward, center, and Desiree Linden depart after a Boston Marathon media availability Friday, April 14, 2017, in advance of Monday's race in Boston. Rupp was 21 seconds back, and Japan's Suguru Osako an additional 30 seconds behind him.

At the time, women were woefully marginalized in the world of athletics.

A few miles into the marathon, race director Jock Semple chased Switzer own and ripped her bib off of her.

Kenyan policewoman Edna Kiplagat won the women's race in 2:21:52, needing only one try in Boston to add it to wins in London, New York and Los Angeles. Commentators praised Kiplagat for her sportsmanship.

Rose Chelimo, a Kenyan-born Bahraini runner, placed second.

Switzer's inaugural Boston Marathon wasn't without its controversy.

For Kirui, even when he was running shorter distances, he had his eye on Boston. 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.

Kenya was past year admonished by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which accused the country of non-compliance with its anti-doping code.

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She refused to share his contempt, and 50 years ago became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.

A tailwind of 13 miles per hour gave the runners a push at the start on Monday.

"It is humbling to have been chosen to create a work of art that will honor the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon attack", Eduardo said in a statement.

Marcel Hug (HOOG) has won the wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon in a world's best time.

Sanchez ran the race while holding an American flag.

He had just completed the Boston Marathon in 2013 when two pressure cooker bombs detonated near the finish line, killing three people and injuring hundreds more.

The pair practiced together and when Switzer sailed past the finish line of a 26-mile run easily and chose to tack on an extra five miles for good measure, she proved to her coach she was ready.

"The winners' times are considered a world best and not a world record. And it was one that made me bound and determined to change things for women", she told the Boston Globe.

Kiplagat won the women's 15-kilometer race in the 2010 Boilermaker with a course-record time of 47 minutes, 57 seconds.

Sunny skies and warm temperatures edging into the 70s greeted runners at the starting line in Hopkinton as the first wave of racers - the mobility impaired - took off at 8:50 a.m.

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

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