Americans finish on podium at Boston Marathon, pair of Kenyans win
Edna Kiplagat, of Kenya, wins the women's division of the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17, 2017, in Boston.
Already a silver medalist and US record-holder in the 10,000 meters, he ran the fastest marathon time ever for an American in the Summer Games: 2 hours, 10 minutes, 5 seconds. The Boston Marathon will retire number 261 in Switzer's honor after she runs the race on Monday with supporters from around the world.
In the women's race, 25-year-old Jordan Hasay ran her first-ever marathon in 2:23:00 to place third.
Rose Chelimo, a Kenyan-born Bahraini runner, placed second.
Desiree Linden brings in the fastest time of any of the American women, with her 2:22:38 personal record set when she finished second in Boston in 2011.
Rupp battled desperately to stay in touch but was unable to respond as Kirui kept the pace up to leave the Oregon-based American in second in 2:09:58. In a recent interview, she recalled, "I said, 'This is going to change my life, maybe going to change women's sports and change the world'". Fellow Swiss Manuela Schar shattered the women's mark by more than five minutes, winning in 1:28:17.
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Switzer had no intentions of dropping out of that fateful race, nor did she expect to be such a barrier-breaker (Roberta Bingay Gibb had actually completed the Boston Marathon the year before without an official bib). The straight-line Boston course doesn't qualify for world records because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday.
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The American drought reached more than three decades from the time Greg Meyer won in 1983 until Meb Keflezighi ran down Boylston Street to raucous chants of "U-S-A!" in 2014, the year after the finish line bombings killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. "Art is a powerful vehicle for remembrance and healing, and my goal is for this art to embody the spirit of those we lost and the spirit of the city they loved".
Mobility impaired athletes - the blind and those with prostheses or other challenges - started at 8:50 a.m. Monday.
The warm temperatures that hit 79 degrees at the 20-kilometer mark in Natick slowed the runners, but the strong tailwind was a boost - especially in the wheelchair races. He crossed the finish line with a time of about 3 hours and 50 minutes. They'll be followed at 10 a.m.by the elite men.
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