Boston: Kenyans Have a Banner Day at the Boston Marathon
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 3:43
Edna Kiplagat, a Kenyan policewoman and two-time world champion marathoner, finished first in the women's race with a time of 2:21:52.
When Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon 50 years ago, two miles in, the director tried to physically remove the 20-year-old, grabbing her and yelling, "Get out of my race!"
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. Coming in second was Rose Chelimo of Bahrain, in 2:22:51.
Kirui finished with a time of 2:09:37, edging out American Galen Rupp, for his first Boston Marathon victory. Hug crossed the finish line with an unofficial time of 1 hour, 18 minutes and 4 seconds to take the men's crown, while Schar came across in 1 hour, 28 minutes and 16 seconds to hoist the women's trophy.
Marcel Hug (HOOG) has won the wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon in a world's best time.
Russian-born American Tatyana McFadden, the four-time defending champion in the women's wheelchair division, finished in fourth place with a time of 1:35:05.
Quigley was the seventh fastest American and fastest MA resident in the race. (Along the race course, runners cross finish-line like pads to mark their splits at particular course milestones, like a 5k and the 13.1 halfway point.) These and other irregularities help Murphy scrutinize the results of runners who may not belong in Boston. He'll create the memorial markers on Boylston Street where bombs killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others.
After a back-and-forth saga with the Boston Athletic Association, handcyclists were ensured better treatment at the annual marathon beginning in 2018.
Eduardo said Monday his goal is to "embody the spirit of those we lost and the spirit of the city they loved".
Despite campaigning extensively for female participation in the sport, Ms Switzer has not run a marathon since 2011. That was the fastest marathon in history at the time, though not a world record because the Boston course does not qualify for world records.