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Kenyans sweep Boston Marathon in men's and women's races

Kirui, Kiplagat both first-time winners

David Tanklefsky
April 17, 2017 - 12:39 pm

Last year, for the first time ever, two runners from Ethiopia were crowned champions in the men's and women's races at the Boston Marathon. This year, their Kenyan counterparts regained the top spots.

Geoffrey Kirui crossed the finish line with a time of two hours, nine minutes and 37 seconds, besting Olympic silver medalist and Oregon native Galen Rupp by 21 seconds. On the women's side, Edna Kiplagat won the Boston Marathon on her first try, finishing with a time of 2:21:52. Bahrain's Rose Chelimo finished second at 2:22:51 with California's Jordan Hasay finishing third at 2:23:00.

Kirui, 24, is the first Kenyan to win the men's race since Wesley Korir in 2012. He made his marathon debut last year with a third-place finish in Rotterdam and also finished seventh in Amsterdam, according to USA Today. His finish today was more than three minutes better than last year's winner, Lemi Berhanu Hayle but well behind the course record of 2:03:02 set by Geoffrey Mutai in 2011.

Kiplagat, 37, finished more than seven minutes better than last year's winner, Atsede Baysa. Hers was the fastest women's time since Ethiopia's Bizunesh Deba finished a second under 2:20:00 in 2014.

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