Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Garic And Switzer Compete In Boston Marathon

Garic And Switzer Compete In Boston Marathon

Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat produced a Kenyan sweep at the Boston Marathon, winning the men's and women's races on Monday by conquering the race's hilly final miles to establish their dominance.

Geoffrey Kirui and Galen Rupp pulled away from the pack together. It's the first time she's run the Boston Marathon since 1976 and her first marathon since 2011, but she's raced in 39 marathons throughout her lifetime and has a new prize waiting for her at the finish line this year.

"It's my last [Boston] Marathon - what do I have to worry about?" But Boston's race organizers still rejected her registration - telling her that women were not physiologically capable of running marathon distances.

The Kenyan policewoman opened up a big lead heading into the Newton hills, and she cruised to victory in an unofficial 2 hours, 21 minutes, 53 seconds in Monday's 121st running of the race. Then, in December, Kenyan Rita Jeptoo was stripped of her 2014 title for failing a drug test and it was handed instead to Ethiopia's Buzunesh Deba.

Keflezighi, who turns 42 on May 5, is set to retire after this year's NY marathon, but did not rule out a future Boston run as an amateur.

The warm temperatures that hit 79 degrees at the 20-kilometer mark in Natick slowed the runners, but the strong tailwind was a boost - especially in the wheelchair races. 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".

Hug outpushed 10-time victor Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa down Boylston Street to finish in an unofficial time of 1 hour, 18 minutes, 4 seconds. After running his personal best, the Portland, Ore, native was all smiles as he greeted his wife and 6-month old son.

Security was high along the course, which begins in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and passes through Boston's suburbs to the finish line, where a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers on April 15, 2013 set off two homemade bombs, killing three people and injuring more than 200. Evans, who completed his 52nd marathon overall, said he wanted to show that Boston is back to normal.

Keflezighi, 41, finished 13th this year in what he said will be his last competitive run in Boston.

"I wouldn't have been able to do it without you all", Sanchez said.

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