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Kenyans Kirui, Kiplagat win Boston Marathon; good day for US

18 April 2017

Kirui waved and smiled as he took the tape in a time of 2hr 9min 37sec, with Rupp finishing in second.

Kirui, 24, produced a devastating sprint with four miles to go to settle an enthralling tactical battle with American rival Galen Rupp, the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist. A spectator at the tragic 2013 race, Keflezighi had moved from Eritrea to San Diego as a child, and the year after the bombings became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in more than three decades. Times, luckily, have changed and women make up a large percentage of marathon runners.

WOMEN TIMES TWOAtsede Baysa is back to defend her women's title, but she will be joined in the field by another returning victor fresh off a Boston victory. On her application she used her initials K.V. Switzer, and thus organizers issued her a bib.

That's what Staff Sergeant Jose Luis Sanchez did at Monday's 121st Boston Marathon, according to the Boston Globe.

Finishing 13th, about eight minutes behind Rupp, was 2014 Boston champion Meb Keflezighi.

The 27-year old Garic finished in 24th place overall in the Men's Open Wheelchair Division and 32nd overall in a time of 1:39:38.

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. Fellow Swiss Marcel Hug took the men's race in 1:18:04, also the fastest time ever.

The winners' times on the point-to-point Boston course are considered a world best and not a world record because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday.

The race has largely returned to normal four years after two bombs at the finish line in 2013 killed three people and wounded hundreds more.

(AP Photo/Bill Sikes). U.S. distance runners Galen Rupp, left front, Jared Ward, center, and Desiree Linden depart after a Boston Marathon media availability Friday, April 14, 2017, in advance of Monday's race in Boston. The 26.2-mile course will start in Hopkinton, Mass., and will run through downtown Boston. In his last competitive Boston run, he finished 13th in 2:17:00 despite pain in his quad muscles.

"I'm at a point in my career where I feel like I can compete with anybody", he said this week.