Women's leaders start to thin at Boston Marathon

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.

An advocate for equal rights in sports, Switzer successfully campaigned for the Olympics to adopt the women's marathon as a sport in 1984.

American Jordan Hasay, making her debut at the distance, was third and Desi Linden was fourth - the first time since 1991 that two US women have finished in the top four.

Incredibly, Kiplagat had to stop close to the finish line and run in the opposite direction after she realised she had accidentally grabbed a rival's water bottle from an aid station. In fact, she notably has five children - two biological, two adopted from her sister, who died of breast cancer, and one adopted from a neighbor, who died during childbirth.

In 1967, a 20-year-old Syracuse University journalism student named Kathrine Switzer made history as the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon.

There's no shortage of inspiring athletes participating in the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday.

Kirui crossed the line in two hours, nine minutes and 37 seconds after fending off a spirited challenge from American Galen Rupp during the final stretch down Boylston Street.

"I wouldn't have been able to do it without you all", Sanchez said. Rupp finished second in 2:09:58 and Suguru Osako was third (2:10:28).

Sumgong's drug test was another black eye for Kenyan distance running.

Buzunesh Deba was anointed the 2014 Boston champion in December - more than two years after the race - when Rita Jeptoo was stripped of the title for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. But a tailwind gusting up to 30 miles per hour could mean fast times, at least among the elite runners who would finish before the hottest part of the day.

Hug, a seven-time world champion and two-time Paralympic gold medalist, set a new world record on Monday with a finish time of 1:18:04.

The big winners of the 2017 Boston Marathon hailed from Kenya and Switzerland.

"The wind is so important", Hug said. He'll create the memorial markers on Boylston Street where bombs killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others. "Everything was fantastic today".

  • Arturo Norris