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Saturday July 22nd 2017

Ethiopia’s Teyba Erkesso wins The Boston Marathon

BOSTON — Kenya’s Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot won the 114th Boston Marathon on Monday, breaking the course record with a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 52 seconds.

That was 82 seconds faster than the record set in 2006 by four-time winner Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, who’s not related. The 2010 champion wins the $150,000 first prize and an extra $25,000 for setting the course record.

Cheruiyot finished 91 seconds ahead of Ethiopian Tekeste Kebede, with defending champion Deriba Merga in third and Americans Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi rounding out the top five. It’s the first time two Americans have finished in the top five since ’06; no American has won the men’s race since Greg Meyer in 1983.

Hall, who finished third last year, fell out of the top 15 near the halfway point but sprinted through the final mile to challenge Merga for a spot on the podium. He missed by 2 seconds, but his time of 2:08:41 was the fastest ever for an American in Boston, six seconds faster than Bob Kempainen ran in 1994.

Ethiopia’s Teyba Erkesso won the women’s race in an unofficial time of 2:26:11, outsprinting Russia’s Tatyana Pushkareva to win by three seconds in the third-closest women’s finish in event history. Defending champion Salina Kosgei was third, and Paige Higgins of Arizona was the top American woman in 13th.

In the wheelchair division, Ernst Van Dyk won his record ninth Boston Marathon for the men and Wakako Tsuchida of Japan won her fourth consecutive women’s wheelchair title in Boston.

Van Dyk edged American Krige Schabort in a sprint to the finish line, winning in 1 hour, 26 minutes and 53 seconds.

Schabort finished four seconds behind. It was Van Dyk’s third consecutive marathon win.

He won six consecutive years from 2000 to 2006, including a world record time of 1 hour, 18 minutes, 27 seconds in 2004.

Tsuchida finished in 1 hour, 43 minutes, 32 seconds, comfortably ahead of Diane Roy of Canada. Tsuchida was more than nine minutes off the world record, set in Boston.

Roy has been the Boston Marathon runner-up five times. She finished three minutes and 36 seconds behind Tsuchida.

Source: ESPN

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