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Edna Kiplagat and Geoffrey Kirui win Boston MarathonApril 17, 2017
Jordan Hasay runs 2:23:00 to place third on her marathon debut, while Galen Rupp finishes runner-up
Edna Kiplagat and Geoffrey Kirui competed a Kenyan double at the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, while Marcel Hug and Manuela Schär secured a double for Switzerland in the wheelchair races.
Clocking 2:21:52 on her Boston Marathon debut, Kiplagat beat Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo by almost a minute to add victory at this event to her other World Marathon Majors successes which include wins in New York and London in 2010 and 2014 respectively, plus her two world titles from 2011 and 2013.
Kiplagat’s splits were 72:33 and 69:19.
Chelimo ran 2:22:51 to secure the runner-up spot, while USA’s Jordan Hasay ran an impressive 2:23:00 on her marathon debut. That saw her finish third and break the US marathon debut record by almost three minutes.
One place behind her was fellow American Desiree Linden, who clocked 2:25:06.
While the women’s race saw two Americans in the top four, the men’s race featured six US athletes in the top 10.
Kirui clocked splits of 64:35 and 65:02 for his winning time of 2:09:37 to deny Rio 2016 Olympic marathon bronze medallist Galen Rupp victory on his Boston Marathon debut but the American did clock a PB with his time of 2:09:58 for the runner-up spot.
Japan’s Suguru Osako finished third in 2:10:28.
The first athlete to have crossed the finish line was Paralympic champion Hug as he clocked 1:18:04 to claim his third consecutive Boston title.
Schär secured the Swiss sweep, clocking 1:28:17 for victory, with both the winning times the quickest ever for the distance.
Britain’s Simon Lawson placed 13th in 1:25:06 and Callum Hall 22nd in 1:38:51, while Jade Jones was 11th in 1:41:44, with all three athletes improving their PBs.
Full results can be found here.