Kenyans Kirui, Kiplagat win 121st Boston Marathon

Malcolm Fuller
April 18, 2017

Other notables participating included bombing survivor Patrick Downes, 2014 Boston Marathon victor Meb Keflezighi, first female Boston Marathon participant Kathrine Switzer and Deena Laing, who was paralyzed at the 2015 Outdoor Women's Classic hockey game at Gillette Stadium.

Two local runners who starred at the University of OR finished in the Top 3 of the 121st running of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

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. Women were not technically barred from competing and had run in the race without bibs, ABC News reports, but it had been assumed that women were not capable of running that distance. "But it was motivating to think of the 30,000 runners behind me who were going to get to the finish line for their family and friends". A new documentary that premiered in Boston on Saturday night, narrated by Matt Damon, tells that story along with many others from the history of the world's longest running long run.

Kirui finished with a time of 2:09:37, edging out American Galen Rupp, for his first Boston Marathon victory.

"People say, 'Why stop?"

The winners' times on the point-to-point Boston course are considered a world best and not a world record because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday.

Policewoman Kiplagat produced a superb performance to win the women's race on her debut in 2:21.52.

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As the years went on she advocated for women to be admitted as full competitors - and kept running more and more marathons.

Atsede Baysa is back to defend her women's title, but she will be joined in the field by another returning victor fresh off a Boston victory.

Puskedra, an All-American at OR, actually quit the sport following a poor performance in his marathon debut in 2014 (36th place in the New York City Marathon in 2:28:54).

As Boston Marathoners rounded the corner onto Boylston Street Monday, they were greeted by a welcome sight.

But Ethiopia has surpassed its East African neighbors on Patriots' Day the past four years, earning its first sweep in 2016. Several fellow runners said it was great to see a woman running along with them, but this experience was quickly sobered into the race.

Although, he didn't win that year, he won in 1935 and 1945.

The Boston Marathon first allowed women to race officially in 1972. Jordan Hasay was the third place woman at Boston today.

With two-time fourth-place finisher Shalane Flanagan out with a back injury, the USA hopes on the women's side are represented by Desi Linden, a two-time Olympian who has thrice placed in the top 10 in Boston. "I have all the confidence in my men and women". Guiding Eyes for the Blind CEO Thomas Panek, who will be running Boston, visited the finish line with two other puppies on Sunday - these were a few weeks old already - and attracted a lot of attention.

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