Kenyan athletes were ahead of the pack at the Boston Marathon race on Monday, winning both the men’s and the women’s competition at the premier marathon race.
For the men, it was a little closer with Geoffrey Kirui completing the challenging course in 2:09:37, just seconds ahead of American runner Galen Rupp. Fellow Kenyan Wilson Chebet came in at 5th place.
Ethiopian runners who placed in the Top 15 in the men’s competition included Dino Sefir in 8th place and Yemane Tsegay, who took the 12th slot. From Zimbabwe, runner Cutbert Nyasango was 14th while Wesley Korir of Kenya placed 15th with a time of 2:18:14.
Among the women, Kenyan Edna Kiplagat completed the race in 2:21:52, almost a full minute ahead of Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo.
Gladys Cherono, Valentine Kipketer and Brigid Koskei – all fellow Kenyans – placed in the No. 5, 6 and 8 spots. Ethiopians Buzunesh Deba and Ruti Aga completed their races in 7th and 10th places respectively.
Diane Nukuri of Burundi – the lone runner representing her nation – claimed the women’s No. 9 spot.
More than 30,000 people from nearly 100 countries registered to run the Boston Marathon, with 97 percent of them completing the course.
The top male and female runners each win USD$150,000, with smaller cash prizes for the Top 15 winners.
For a complete list of all top finishers, see the Boston Marathon link here.
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