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

18 April 2017
Kenyans Kirui, Kiplagat win Boston Marathon; good day for US

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.

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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.

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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.

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