Top cop completes marathon for 1st time since 2013 bombings

Kenyans Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat swept the men's and women's titles in the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday.

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

The men's race was an excellent two-man battle between 24-year-old Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya and the 30-year-old Rupp, as both competed in the third marathon of their careers. Kiplagat, took her lead for good at mile 18 and darted to a time of 2:21:52, The Boston Globe reported.

With two-time fourth-place finisher Shalane Flanagan out with a back injury, the US 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.

Jimmy Golen has covered the Boston Marathon since 1995.

As temperatures climbed into the high 70s and the women's top four started the ascent up Heartbreak Hill, Kiplagat surged ahead with a fast mile split of 5:02 at mile 20-leaving Hasay and Chelimo chasing her dust. "You know, I wasn't sure two weeks ago if I was even going to be able to come here and start and run".

Top-seeded distance runner Lemi Berhanu Hayle, of Ethiopia, participates in a Boston Marathon media availability Friday, April 14, 2017, in advance of Monday's race in Boston.

This was also her debut Boston Marathon following her eighth-place finish at the Rio Olympic Games.

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.

Marcel Hug of Switzerland edged 10-time victor Ernst Van Dyk at the finish line to win his third straight Boston Marathon wheelchair title in 1:18:04, breaking the 2012 course record.

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"Everybody was saying you're our hero, we love you, and all that", said Keflezighi, the only USA male or female runner to win Boston since 1985.

Earlier in the morning a tail wind helped propel the wheelchair competitors to course-record times, but as the day went on the mercury rose.

The oldest woman to complete a marathon is Harriette Thompson, who ran the San Diego marathon at age 92 in 2015, according to the Washington Post.

"It's incredibly special", Switzer, 70, told NESN of this year's race.

"I'm a father of two kids who are healthy and the thought that some child could have cancer is a motivating factor". She won the New York City Marathon in 1974 in a moment that was captured by legendary photographer Ruth Orkin.

"I can't believe it", Schar said.

Plans are in the works for memorials to mark the sites where two bombs exploded during the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Boston's top cop has completed his first marathon since the 2013 bombings.

"I boxed it up for three or four years because I didn't want to acknowledge it", Sanchez said.


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