Boston Marathon Men's Winner: Geoffrey Kirui

Boston Marathon Men's Winner: Geoffrey Kirui

Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat produced a Kenyan sweep at the Boston Marathon, winning the men's and women's races on Monday by conquering the race's hilly final miles to establish their dominance.

Galen Rupp, who lives in Portland, finished second behind Kenya's Geoffrey Kirui.

Second to her was Rose Chelimo of Bahrain who ran competitive to come in for a silver medal in 2:22:51.

"When I was running, my body was feeling good", said Kiplagat, who was greeted at the finish line by two of her children.

Rupp, the bronze medalist in the Rio Olympics, will be running Boston for the first time. He plans to run the New York Marathon, which he won in 2009, one last time in the fall before retiring.

American Jordan Hasay, making her debut at the distance, was third and Desi Linden was fourth - the first time since 1991 that two USA women have finished in the top four.

Crowd favorite and 2014 champion Meb Keflezighi, in his last Boston Marathon and 25th marathon overall, finished in just over 2 hours and 17 minutes.

In the women's race, Kiplagat conjured a similarly decisive burst over the closing stages to claim the race for the first time.

Who's who: Last year's elite winners, Atsede Baysa and Lemi Berhanu Hayle, will defend their titles and try for the $150,000 prize money that goes to each elite victor.

Keflezighi, who plans to retire from racing after this year's NY marathon, stopped after his victory to touch the hand of Bill Richard, whose 8-year-old son Martin was the youngest person to die in the bombing.

Eduardo said Monday his goal is to "embody the spirit of those we lost and the spirit of the city they loved".

Jimmy Golen has covered the Boston Marathon since 1995.

After all, another woman, Roberta Bingay Gibb, had completed the Boston Marathon the year before without a bib.

Weather: Although temperatures were in the 80s Sunday, it was expected to cool off Monday, with highs in the upper 60s and partly cloudy conditions. (Along the race course, runners cross finish-line like pads to mark their splits at particular course milestones, like a 5k and the 13.1 halfway point.) These and other irregularities help Murphy scrutinize the results of runners who may not belong in Boston.

The 121st running of the Boston Marathon is getting underway in waves for the 30,000 athletes.



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