Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui wins Boston Marathon

Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui has won the Boston Marathon — his first marathon victory ever.

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Kirui made his move with 4 miles left in the Boston Marathon and it paid off for the 24-year-old Kenyan, who took the men’s title with a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 37 seconds. American Galen Rupp finished second, 20 seconds behind Kirui.

Edna Kiplagat pulled away from a pack of elite runners and cruised almost unchallenged to the Boston Marathon women’s title Monday. Kiplagat finished with a time of 2:21:53 seconds in her Boston Marathon debut. The Kenyan police officer, 38, previously won marathons in London and New York.

Rose Chelimo, of Bahrain, finished second and American Jordan Hasay was third. Hasay’s unofficial time of 2:22:51 is the fastest debut by an American woman at the marathon.

Defending champion Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia was out of the top 10 and slowing at the halfway point. Former champion Buzunesh Deba was also about 2 minutes behind the leaders.

On the men’s side, U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp leads a small group of runners as the race near the finish.

In the wheelchair race, Manuela Schar of Switzerland finished in 1 hour, 28 minutes, 17 seconds — shattering the world best by more than five minutes. Fellow Swiss Marcel Hug took the men’s race in 1:18:04, also the fastest time ever.

The winners’ times are considered a world best and not a world record. The straight-line Boston course doesn’t qualify for world records because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday.

AP

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