Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat win the Boston Marathon
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 23:31
For the women's race, this marked the first time since 1991 that two US runners finished in the top four.
Kirui, who turned 24 in February, finished in 2:09:37 in just his third competitive marathon after debuting at Rotterdam and Amsterdam previous year.
Marcel Hug of Switzerland edged 10-time victor Ernst Van Dyk at the finish line to win his third straight Boston Marathon wheelchair title in 1:18:04, breaking the 2012 course record. Wearing the number 261, and signing up as K.V. Switzer, she took to the streets of Boston and proved that the marathon organizers were wrong and women could very well handle Heartbreak Hill and everything else the race could throw at them.
Edna Kiplagat (KIP'-la-gat) has won her Boston Marathon debut.
Kiplagat dominated the women's race, breaking away around mile 19 and running the last several miles completely alone before crossing the finish line in an unofficial time of 2:21:52. Keflezighi has said he'll retire after running in Monday's race and the TCS New York City Marathon in November.
Fifty years ago, Switzer's boyfriend had to fend off a race official who sought to physically stop her from running.
Defending champion Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia slumped to 22nd place in 2:40:07.
Also in the men's race, former Ducks Shadrack Biwott was fourth in 2:12.08 and Luke Puskedra, who lives in Eugene, was ninth in 2:14.45.
Jordan Hasay, Rupp's teammate on the Nike Oregon Project, will be competing in her first marathon.
Regardless of when Switzer crosses the finish line today, there's no denying she's already won in our eyes, a million times over.
Although she has said that she didn't mean to break barriers at the time, the photo taken of her being accosted by the official turned her into something of a role model.
"I am thrilled to be honoring Joan Benoit Samuelson for her outstanding running success and commitment to promoting health and wellness across the country", said O'Malley, who has participated in the Boston Marathon seven times.
The past and present collided on Saturday night at the world premiere of "Boston: The Documentary" for executive producer Frank Marshall, 37 years after he ran the Boston Marathon.
It's the first time ever that a woman has beaten the 1:30 mark.
History was made in both the men's and women's wheelchair divisions, as Switzerland's Marcel Hug and Manuela Schar each snapped course records in their respective divisions.
Switzer, now 70-years-old, will wear the same number at the starting line on Monday.
The old world's best was 1:18:25. In 1966, Bobbi Gibb, who will be a grand marshall for this year's race, ran alongside the men even though she wasn't allowed to register. He also won Amsterdam in 2007 and has a total of seven major second-place finishes.
The city announced plans to install two markers to recognize the site of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and a larger monument to represent the city's resiliency, the Boston Herald reported.
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.
The 121st Boston Marathon is on its way from Hopkinton to Boston.
Elite Women 9:32 a.m. "They have helped a lot".
A tailwind of 13 miles per hour gave the runners a push at the start on Monday.
"We're putting more numbers in there and it's just a matter of time", said Linden, the 2011 runner-up by 2 seconds.
The world record is 2:02:57, set by Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014. "What I love about the movie is that people who aren't runners will enjoy it because you get to see so many different sides of it".
Vega is in the first wave, expected to start at 10 a.m. EST.