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But for the past four years, the Kenyan men hadn’t won at Boston. Get the latest from NBC Chicago anywhere, anytime Download the App. The Boston line-up features nine previous winners and includes six men who have run faster time below the two hours and six minutes mark. Kirui, who lives in Keringet (elevation: 8,900 feet) in a mountainous area of western Kenya, has long been coached by Piet de Peuter of the Netherlands, but also started working with Italian Renato Canova before Boston last year. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. It was a warm day, with temperatures in the 70s, for the 30,000 runners who set off from Hopkinton in different waves Monday morning. A gun battle broke out on a Watertown street, with the Tsarnaevs exchanging fire with the police and hurling explosive devices at them. The warm temperatures that hit 79 degrees at the 20-kilometer mark in Natick slowed the runners, but the strong tailwind was a boost — especially in the wheelchair races. Des Linden, who last year became the first American woman to win Boston in 33 years, and Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi will defend their titles. Past women’s open champions hail from Kenya including 2017 winner Edna Kiplagat, 2015 champion Caroline Rotich and 2012 champion Sharon Cherop. Four Ethiopian men, Sisay Lemma, Lemi Berhanu, Solomon Deksisa and Lelisa Desisa, join him as the five with personal bests under 2:05. Rupp’s competition is significantly better in 2018 than it was in 2017. After the World Championships in August, I have been training hard for the half marathon. In the women’s division, Edna Kiplagat made the most of her first appearance in the Boston Marathon, separating from the pack at the 18-mile mark and cruising to a victory.
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He said folks are a little distraught over the weather but they knew it was going to be raining, and he’s looking forward to working together with the other runners to accomplish their goals. A 26-year-old Oregon alum, Stinson turned heads last December when he came through the half in 64:41 in his debut marathon at CIM (his half PR at the time was 63:17). Canova said Kirui ran that 2:06 in Amsterdam last year running 70-80 miles per week in singles. Since the start of 2017, only two Americans have broken 2:12 — Rupp and Tim Ritchie, who just snuck under with a 2:11:55 at CIM last year. Then, in December, Kenyan Rita Jeptoo was stripped of her 2014 title for failing a drug test and it was handed instead to Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Deba. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Rupp was 21 seconds back, and Japan’s Suguru Osako 30 seconds behind him. She pulled ahead of Rose Chelimo of Bahrain in the Newton hills to win by 59 seconds. 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.” 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. Then, in December, Kenyan Rita Jeptoo was stripped of her 2014 title for failing a drug test and it was handed instead to Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Deba. In his last competitive Boston run, he finished 13th in 2:17:00 despite pain in his quad muscles. And Kathrine Switzer, wearing the same bib number — 261 — that she wore when she entered the all-male race 50 years ago, using only her initials, K.V. Fellow Swiss Manuela Schar shattered the women’s mark by more than five minutes, winning in 1:28:17. Evans, who completed his 52nd marathon overall, said he wanted to show that Boston is back to normal. Please be sure to open and click your first newsletter so we can confirm your subscription. Desisa has won Boston twice and Berhanu won it in 2016. I wanted to go for the win, or top three, or ten, but today was not my day. The brothers allegedly used the Internet to learn how to build explosives. Check out the top rated spots in Boston to grab some Lebanese food.
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In fact, he’s never even broken 2:11 in a fall marathon, a fact Kawauchi’s interpreter Brett Larner attributes to the hot summers in Tokyo.