Kenyans sweep Boston Marathon titles with thrilling women’s finish

Kenyans Peres Jepchirchir and Evans Chebet won the Boston Marathon women’s and men’s titles as the world’s oldest annual marathon returned to Patriots’ Day for the first time since 2019.

Jepchirchir prevailed in Boston in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 2 seconds, outdueling Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh over the final miles. Yeshaneh, who exchanged the lead with Jepchirchir multiple times in the last mile, crossed four seconds back.

“When you see the end, and when you see the tape for the finish, that’s where the strength comes,” Jepchirchir, who won on the 50th anniversary of the first official Boston Marathon women’s race, said on USA Network.

Kenyan Mary Ngugi was third. The top American was Nell Rojas in 10th. Olympic bronze medalist Molly Seidel dropped out before reaching 20 miles.

Jepchirchir consolidated her status as the world’s top female marathoner after winning the Olympics and New York City last year. Already the only person to win the Olympic and New York City Marathons, she has now won three of the most prestigious marathons in a span of eight months.

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Jepchirchir ran track growing up in western Kenya in a family of farmers who grew tea and maize. She ran two to three miles to and from school each day.

She won the world half marathon championship in 2016, then had daughter Natalia in October 2017 and came back to earn her first marathon victory in December 2019. She was originally left off the Kenyan Olympic team in January 2020, then won the December 2020 Valencia Marathon in the world’s best time for the year (2:17:16), beginning what is now a four-marathon win streak.

Chebet clocked 2:06:51 for his first major marathon victory, leading the first Kenyan men’s podium sweep in Boston since 2012. The 2019 Boston winner Lawrence Cherono was second, 30 seconds behind, followed by Benson Kipruto, who won Boston last year when it was held in October.

Chebet had the second-fastest personal best of arguably the deepest Boston field ever, a 2:03:00 from winning the 2020 Valencia Marathon. The farmer from the Kalenjin tribe beat nine major marathon champions on Monday.

Scott Fauble was the top U.S. man in seventh in a personal-best 2:08:52, the second-fastest marathon for an American since the start of 2020.

Boston, the world’s oldest annual marathon, was held on its traditional Patriots’ Day date for the first time since 2019. The race was held virtually in 2020 and moved to October in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s Boston fields were arguably the best ever, thanks in large part to the other major spring marathon, London, being pushed back to October for a third consecutive year due to the pandemic.

American Daniel Romanchuk won the men’s wheelchair race in 1:26:58 after defending champion Marcel Hug of Switzerland withdrew before the morning start.

Swiss Manuela Schär earned her fourth women’s wheelchair title in the last five Boston Marathons.

The next major marathon is at the world track and field championships in Eugene, Oregon, in July. The U.S. qualifiers include two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp, Seidel, Emma Bates and Sara Hall.

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