Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kenyans sweep crowns

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BOSTON, FROM E-1 trophy, a guilded olive wreath from Marathon, Greece, and the $150,000 first prize. Rupp was 21 seconds back, and Japan’s Suguru Osako 30 seconds behind him.

Rounding out the top 10 were runners from California, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and Utah.

“American distance running is looking good today,” said sixth-place finisher Abdi Abdirahman, a Somali immigrant and Tucson, Ariz., resident who is a fourtime Olympian. “We have the podium for both men and women, so the future is great.”

Kiplagat finished in 2:21:52 to win her Boston debut, adding the victory to two world championsh­ips and wins in London, New York and Los Angeles. She pulled ahead of Rose Chelimo of Bahrain in the Newton hills to win by 59 seconds.

American Jordan Hasay, making her first run at the 26.2-mile distance, was third and Desi Linden was fourth — the first time since 1991 that two U.S. women have finished in the top four.

“It keeps happening. We keep getting closer. We’re putting more numbers in there and it’s just a matter of time,” said Linden, the 2011 runner-up by 2 seconds. “When Americans break the tape, it’s going to be a big deal here.”

Kenya had won either the men’s or women’s race every year since 1991 before being shut out in 2014 and again a year ago. In fact, Kenya had taken both titles six times since 2000, so dominating the top 10 that Boylston Street began to look like a Great Rift Valley training run.

Also running Monday was Ben Beach, who completed the race for an unpreceden­ted 50th time in a row. And Kathrine Switzer, wearing the same bib number — 261 — that she wore when she entered the allmale race 50 years ago, using only her initials, K.V.

Earlier Monday, city officials announced plans for memorials to mark the sites where two bombs exploded in the 2013 race.

 ?? Elise Amendola/Associated Press ?? Geoffrey Kirui, of Kenya, crosses the finish line Monday to win the 121st Boston Marathon.
Elise Amendola/Associated Press Geoffrey Kirui, of Kenya, crosses the finish line Monday to win the 121st Boston Marathon.

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