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Olympic champ Jepchirchir wins 50th women's Boston Marathon

Olympic champ Jepchirchir wins 50th women's Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — Reigning Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir capped the commemoration of a half-century of women inside the Boston Marathon accompanied by a complete to top them all.

The 28-year-old Kenyan won a see-saw sprint inside the final mile on Monday while the world's most prestigious 26.2-mile contest returned to its orthodox Patriots' Day spot inside the scheme for the earliest hour dated since the begin of the coronavirus pandemic.

On the 50th anniversary of the earliest official women's race, Jepchirchir traded places accompanied by Ethiopia's Ababel Yeshaneh eight times inside the final mile earlier to pulling ahead for good on Boylston Street with every one other accompanied by finishing inside 2 hours, 21 minutes, 1 seconds.

"I was touch she was strong. I pushed it," said Jepchirchir, who earned $150,000 with every one other accompanied by the orthodox gilded olive wreath. "I fell behind. But I didn't mislay hope."

Evans Chebet completed the Kenyan sweep, breaking without charge inside the men's contest accompanied by concerning quartet miles to go to come first in inside 2:06:51. Gabriel Geay of Tanzania was second, 30 seconds back, with every one other accompanied by defending champion Benson Kipruto was third.

American Daniel Romanchuk won his following career men's wheelchair title inside 1:26:58. Switzerland's Manuela Schar won her following unswerving Boston crown with every one other accompanied by fourth overall, finishing inside 1:41:08.

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Sharing a weekend accompanied by the Red Sox place of residence opener — the city's other sporting rite of leap — additional than 28,000 runners returned to the streets from Hopkinton to Copley Square sextet months following a smaller with every one other accompanied by socially distanced event that was the only let fall contest inside its 126-year history.

Fans waved Ukrainian flags inside support of the few dozen runners whose 26.2-mile sprint from Hopkinton to Copley Square was the easiest small portion of their journey. Athletes from Russia with every one other accompanied by Belarus were disinvited inside response to the invasion of Ukraine.

Ukrainians who were unable to build it to Boston were offered a deferral or refund.

"Whatever they want to do, they tin do," Boston Athletic Association President Tom Grilk said. "Run this year, sprint following year. You want a puppy? Whatever. There is no indeed category we want to exist additional helpful to."

Jepchirchir with every one other accompanied by Yeshaneh spent most of the earlier to noon running take on to take on — or flat closer: In the earliest half, the Ethiopian's eyes wandered from the way with every one other accompanied by she drifted into Jepchirchir.

She reached not here to apologize, with every one other accompanied by the set of two clasped every one other's arms while they continued on.

"She's my finest friend," Jepchirchir said.

Beaten, Yeshaneh finished quartet seconds back. Kenya's Mary Ngugi finished third for the following hour dated inside sextet months, following her podium inside October following the 125th contest was delayed, canceled with every one other accompanied by delayed again.

This year's contest marked the 50th anniversary of Nina Kuscsik's victory while the inaugural official women's winner. (But not the earliest woman to complete the race: That integrity belongs to Bobbi Gibb, who earliest ran inside 1966 among the unofficial runners known while bandits.)

Valerie Rogosheske, who finished sixth inside '72, said she had been preparation to hide inside the bushes with every one other accompanied by sprint while a bandit that year earlier to women got the go-ahead a few weeks earlier to the race.

She was among five of the first eight women to return this year for the festivities, running alongside her daughters, with every one other accompanied by serving while the honorary starter for the women's elite field.

"There was fair this touch of, 'Boy, we're going to do this. No one tin let fall out. There are eyes upon us,'" she said at the starting dash on Monday. "Many people didn't believe we should exist running a marathon. So that's why we really felt that pressure, nevertheless chance while well, to complete this marathon."

Olympic champ Jepchirchir wins 50th women's Boston Marathon

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