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UCLA's Meb Keflezighi takes 13th in Boston - his final marathon

Melissa Porter | 18 April, 2017, 01:16

Kiplagat, a 38-year-old mother of two whose resume includes marathon wins in London, Moscow, New York and Daegu, ran alone for the final miles of the race and finished in 2:21:52, nearly a minute ahead of Bahrain's Rose Chelimo.

Kirui outran Galen Rupp of the U.S.to take Monday's 121st running of the race in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 36 seconds.

Kirui and American Galen Rupp separated from the lead pack in Newton, but Kirui pulled away and took over the race in mile 23 and never looked back. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans also ran for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombings. He plans to run the New York Marathon, which he won in 2009, one last time in the fall before retiring. "The finish line of the Boston Marathon is historic and to be able to be here, it's where people's dreams come true".

After the race Monday, Switzer will make history again when her No. 261 becomes just the second bib retired by the BAA. Then, in December, Kenyan Rita Jeptoo was stripped of her 2014 title for failing a drug test and it was handed instead to Ethiopia's Buzunesh Deba.

At the time, women did not participate in the annual race, despite there being no written rules against it, according to CNN.

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 Manuela Schar shattered the women's mark by more than five minutes, winning in 1:28:17.

"The winners' times are considered a world best and not a world record". That's a course record and the fastest time ever for a wheelchair marathon. After running his personal best, the Portland, Ore, native was all smiles as he greeted his wife and 6-month old son. The 26.2-mile course will start in Hopkinton, Mass., and will run through downtown Boston.

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. It was 69 and warming at the halfway point in Wellesley and expected to be up to 72 degrees by the time the runners reached the finish in Boston's Back Bay. "And it was one that made me bound and determined to change things for women", she said.