Athletics-Ethiopia's champions in Boston to defend marathon titles

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18 April, 2017

Keflezighi, who plans to retire from racing after this year's NY marathon, stopped after his victory to touch the hand of Bill Richard, whose 8-year-old son Martin was the youngest person to die in the bombing.

The 121st Boston Marathon got underway Monday morning as racers and observers remember the bombing attack, which took place four years ago on April 15, 2013.

She was right to use caution, since at the time some people weren't thrilled that a woman was officially a part of the famous 26.2-mile race.

Edna Kiplagat, a Kenyan policewoman and two-time world champion marathoner, finished first in the women's race with a time of 2:21:52.

Security will be high along the course, that begins in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and passes through Boston's suburbs to the finish line on Boylston Street, where a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers in 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.

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BOSTON (AP) - The Kenyans are back in Boston after a relative lull that saw them shut out in the world's most prestigious marathon twice in the past three years. Those who run faster than the limit for their age earn entrance into Boston and can then register for the marathon (there are a small amount of charity bibs available, for which no qualifying time is required).

"No dame ever ran the Boston Marathon!" coach Arnie Briggs told her, according to her memoir, "Marathon Woman". Switzer's bib number will be retired after Monday's race. "It's a real exciting time".

"In my mind, I was sure that one day I would win this race", said Kirui, 25, who was running just his third marathon. She also won the New York City Marathon in 1974.

"The winners' times are considered a world best and not a world record". "I knew I had to start running".

"The wind is so important", Hug said. Murphy finds the cheaters by identifying people whose race splits are impossibly fast, have run the qualifying race much faster than any of their previous times, or missed crossing any of the electronic data checkpoints. "Everything was fantastic today".

Jimmy Golen has covered the Boston Marathon since 1995.


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