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Peres Jepchirchir beats stubborn Ethiopian at Boston Marathon

Olympic Champion, Peres Jepchirchir took the top honors in style as he beat her stubborn opponent, Ababel Yeshaneh from Ethiopia at the 126th edition of the Boston Marathon that was held on Monday (18) in Boston, United States.

Jepchirchir became became the first woman athlete to win an Olympic marathon gold medal, New York Marathon and Boston Marathon, when she cut the tape in a time of 2:21.01

The 28 year-old performed one of the greatest finishes in Boston marathon history in the women’s race as she edged out the Yeshaneh who seemed to be more strong with a finish kick but she did not match the quality of the sprint to finish from Jepchirchir who forced her to settle in second place when she crossed the line four seconds later.

The 2014 World Half marathon silver medallist, Mary Ngugi beat our veteran runner Ednah Kiplagat as she closed the podium three finishes in 2:21.32 with the two times world marathon champion coming home in fourth in 2:21.40.

Monicah Ngige, who made her marathon debut here last year, the 2021 New York Marathon silver medallist, Violah Cheptoo who is also the sister to 2004 Olympics 1500m silver medallist, Bernard Langat and World Half Marathon Silver medallist, Joyciline Jepkosgei came home in fourth, fifth and sixth place in a time of 2:22.13, 2:23.47 and 2:24.43 respectively.

 

Evans Chebet wins Boston Marathon

Kenya’s Evans Chebet took the top honors at the 126th edition of the Boston Marathon that was held on Monday (18) in Boston, United States.

The 33 year-old, who is the 7th-fastest marathoner in history, came to this race with a Personal best of 2:03:00 that he got at the 2020 Valencia marathon led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish when he cut the tape in 2:06.51.

Chebet was followed by the 2019 winner Lawrence Cherono, who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:03.04 that he got at the 2020 Valencia Marathon but could not hold the pace of later and being forced to settle in second in a time of 2:07.21.

Defending champion, Benson Kipruto could not hold the fast pace of Chebet and Cherono as he closed the podium three finishes in a time of 2:07.27

2022 Boston Marathon is the deepest field in history

This Boston Marathon may not have legends Eliud Kipchoge or Kenenisa Bekele, but it does have most of the other stars of recent years. It is arguably the deepest Boston men’s field in the race’s 126-year history.

Like with the women’s race, Boston got a boost with a return to its Patriots’ Day date for the first time since 2019. The world’s other jewel spring marathon, London, which usually has the best roster of the spring, is once again being held in the fall this year due to the pandemic.

So this field includes every man who won Boston, London and New York City in 2019 and 2021 (save Kipchoge), the last two world champions, plus recent winners of Chicago and Tokyo.

Picking a favorite is difficult, but the entries can be separated between recent breakthroughs and veteran champions.

Three men in the field earned their first major marathon victories last fall: Kenyans Benson Kipruto (Boston) and Albert Korir (New York City) and Ethiopian Sisay Lemma (London).

The names with more pizzazz: Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor, a longtime training partner of Kipchoge, won New York City in 2017 and 2019, plus three world half marathon titles. But he was fourth in his lone marathon since the start of the pandemic, missing time after fracturing a tibia when hit by a motorcycle while training in June 2020.

Kenyan Lawrence Cherono is the only man other than Kipchoge to win two annual major marathons in one year since the start of 2015. He claimed Boston and Chicago in 2019 and hasn’t had a bad marathon in four years.

Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa is still just 32 years old, which is remarkable given his resume: Boston champion in 2013 and 2015, New York City champion in 2018 and world champion in 2019. He has a DNF and a 35th in two marathons over the last two and a half years, though.

Another Ethiopian, Birhanu Legese, is the third-fastest man in history and thus the fastest man in this field with a personal best of 2:02:48 from 2019. He won Tokyo in 2019 and 2020 and hasn’t finished worse than fifth in a marathon in the last three and a half years.

Ethiopians Lemi Berhanu (won Boston in 2016, second in 2021) and Evans Chebet (seventh-fastest man in history at 2:03:00) also deserves mention.

The fastest Americans in the field are Scott Fauble (2:09:09) and Colin Bennie (2:09:38), plus Olympians Jake Riley and Jared Ward.

Source:  olympics.nbcsports.com

Boston Marathon bans athletes from Russia and Belarus

The Boston Athletics Association has banned athletes from Russia and Belarus from competing in the Boston Marathon, which takes place Monday (11) in Boston.

The BAA released the press statement on Wednesday, citing the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the assistance of the Belarus government.

“Like so many around the world, we are horrified and outraged by what we have seen and learned from the reporting in Ukraine,” said BAA President & CEO Tom Grilk.

“We believe that running is a global sport, and as such, we must do what we can to show our support to the people of Ukraine.”

The race organisers said that the Russian and Belarusian runners that were accepted into the elite race would be refunded back their money.

No Russian or Belarusian men have ever won the annual race since it began in 1897. Lidiya Grigoryeva was the last Russian woman to win the 26.2-mile competition in 2007.

The 25th edition of the marathon was won by Diana Chemtai Kipyogei from Kenya who had only run two marathons prior to competing in Boston.

Kenenisa Bekele withdraws from Boston Marathon

World marathon second fastest runner, Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia has withdrawn from Boston marathon that will be held in April 18, 2020.

The 39 year-old said he was “just not ready” and wanted to avoid repeating his last marathon in New York City in November, when he finished sixth while running six minutes slower than he did at the Berlin Marathon six weeks earlier. He said in a finish-area interview that day that he had a little hip problem.

“All focus on fall marathon,” his agent Jos Hermens said Tuesday. “He knows the next one has to be a good one!”

The three times Olympic champion was due to race the world’s oldest annual marathon for the first time.

The former 5000m and 10,000m world-record holder on the track, made his marathon debut in 2014 and ascended to win Berlin in 2016 in 2:03.03, then the second-fastest time in history.

The five times world champion has started eight marathons with these results: a win (in Berlin in 2019 in 2:01.41, missing Eliud Kipchoge‘s world record by two seconds), a runner-up, a third, two sixths and three DNFs. He also withdrew before the 2020 London Marathon.

Geoffrey Kamworor targets the Podium at Boston Marathon

Three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor will target the podium at the 126th edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held on Monday April 18, 2022.

The two time New York City marathon champion said he has been healed from the groin injury and preparing for the race set to attract top runners from across the world.

Kamworor pulled out of the Agnes Tirop Memorial World Cross Country championships that were held last month after picking a groin injury few hours to the event.

The 29 year-old won the world half marathon titles in 2014 in Copenhagen in Denmark, before defending his title two years later and rounded up at the 2018 show in Valencia, Spain.

“I was well prepared for the Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour but it was very unfortunate that in the last two weeks to the race I got an injury. That groin injury was the reason for pulling out,” said the former world Athletics championships 10,000m silver medalist.

With Boston ahead of him, he decided that he was not going to compete at the race, with the course having mud and other obstacles that may ruin his injury more.

“With that course, I saw that it is better not to run because the mud and the way the course could not allow me to compete. I had to evade the tough course to avoid more problems after the race,” he added.

The two times world cross country champion will be joining a host of top athletes at the Boston marathon hoping to run to the podium as he did in the New York City Marathon.

“For now, I can say I am in top form just trying to train by sharpening skills and am ready. Right now I am going on well with my training ahead of the Boston marathon,” he added.

Joyciline Jepkosgei to face Peres Jepchirchir at Boston Marathon

Tokyo Olympic Marathon champion, Peres Jepchirchir will lead a power-packed women’s elite fiend for the 26th edition of the Boston Marathon title that will be held on Monday April 18, 2022.

Jepchirchir, who won both the Olympic and New York City Marathons last year is the fastest women in the field that was announced by the race organisers.

“We are delighted to welcome the fastest and most accomplished women’s field in the history of the Boston Marathon,” said Boston Athletic Association president and CEO Tom Grilk through a statement. “Though there have been many milestones in the five decades since the women’s division was established in Boston, this field of Olympic and Paralympic medalists, Boston champions, and global stars will make this a race to remember on Patriots’ Day.”

The adidas-sponsored athlete has a personal best of 2:17.16 that she set in Valencia in 2020

There’s something uniquely special about the Boston Marathon, and I absolutely can’t wait to line up in Hopkinton this April for the race!” Jepchirchir will face off with the London Marathon winner Joyciline Jepkosgei who holds a personal best of 2:17.43.

Seven women have broken the 2:20 barrier with a dozen running under 2:23 mark, including reigning, the 2021 London runner-up Degitu Azimeraw of Ethiopia who holds a personal best of 2:17.58 and 2021 Olympic fourth-placed Roza Dereje of Ethiopia of pb 2:18.30.

In addition to Molly Seidel, the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist will lead other top Americans like Sara Hall of 2:20.32, Des Linden (2:22.38), and Kellyn Taylor (2:24.28).

LEADING TIME

42KM WOMEN

  1. Peres Jepchirchir,           KEN, 2:17.16   (Valencia, 2020)
  2. Joyciline Jepkosgei,        KEN, 2:17.43   (London, 2021)
  3. Degitu Azimeraw,           ETH, 2:17.58   (London, 2021)
  4. Roza Dereje,                     ETH, 2:18.30   (Valencia, 2019)
  5. Zeineba Yimer,                ETH, 2:19.28   (Valencia, 2019)
  6. Edna Kiplagat                  KEN, 2:19.50   (London, 2012)
  7. Tigist Girma,                    ETH, 2:19.52   (Amsterdam, 2019)
  8. Maurine Chepkemoi,      KEN, 2:20.18   (Amsterdam, 2021)
  9. Sara Hall,                          USA, 2:20.32  (Chandler, 2020)
  10. Desiree Linden,               USA, 2:22.38 (Boston, 2011)
  11. Viola Cheptoo,                KEN, 2:22.44  (New York City, 2021)
  12. Purity Changwony,         KEN, 2:22.46   (Ampugnano, 2021)
  13. Charlotte Purdue,           GBR, 2:23.26   (London, 2021)
  14. Kellyn Taylor,                   USA, 2:24.28   (Duluth, 2018)
  15. Molly Seidel,                    USA, 2:24.42   (New York City, 2021)
  16. Malindi Elmore               CAN, 2:24.50  (Houston, 2020)
  17. Mary Ngugi,                     KEN, 2:25.20  (Boston, 2021)
  18. Monicah Ngige,               KEN, 2:25.32  (Boston, 2021)

Marcel Hug loses out on $50,000 at Boston Marathon after wrong turn

Marcel Hug says his wrong turn in the Boston Marathon on Tuesday morning (AEDT) “shouldn’t have happened”.

A cruel wrong turn ultimately cost the 35-year-old $68,000 (USD$50k) in bonus prize money.

Hug veered off course during the tortuous long-distance race, costing him crucial seconds as he hunted down his own course record.

The five-time Boston marathon champion in the men’s wheelchair division fell just seven seconds short of breaking his record — which would have triggered the bonus payment on top of the USD$25,000 payment he received for winning again.

The Swiss athlete says his wrong turn cost him 20 seconds.

Hug missed a turn in the race, following the lead vehicle straight through an intersection, instead of turning right.

It appears all but certain that his time of 1:18.11 would have bested his 2017 record of 1:18.04 — if not for his fateful mistake.

“I would say it cost me 20 seconds and it should have been possible to get the record, for sure,” he said, according to The Guardian.

“It should not have happened. It’s my fault. I was just focusing on my performance. I didn’t think about that. It’s sad, but it happens.”

He still had plenty to smile about as he crossed the line first.

Swiss compatriot Manuela Schar also won the women’s division.

Diana Kipyogei runs away with Boston Marathon title

Kenya’s Diana Chemtai Kipyogei won her first major marathon as she ran away with the 25th edition of the Boston Marathon title that was held on Monday (11) in Boston.

The 27-year-old had only run two other marathons heading into Monday’s race, winning the 2020 Istanbul Marathon and placing third at the 2019 Ljubljani Marathon.

The race began at the 8 miles in, when Kipyogei surged ahead. Netsanet Gudeta of Ethiopia, a former world cross-country champion, went after her and caught her within a few miles but at 24 miles, after the two had run side by side, it was Kipyogei who again took the lead. The veteran Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, a pre-race favorite and a two-time world champion as well as a New York and Boston winner, soon caught Gudeta and gave chase to Kipyogei. She gained some time but could not close the whole gap.

Kipyogei kept her pace pace intact to lead 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as she cut the tape in 2:24.50 with Ednah forced to settle in second place in 2:25.09.

Mary Ngugi came closed the podium three first finishes when she crossed the line in 2:25.20 with Monicah Ngige also from Kenya finishing in fourth in 2:25.32.

United States Nell Rojas was the top American finisher, placing sixth with a time of 2:27.12.

Benson Kipruto saviour for Kenya as he lifts Boston title

Kenya’s Benson Kipruto was savior for his nation as he clinched the first marathon major at the 125th edition of the Boston Marathon that was held on Monday (11) in Boston.

Kipruto who took lead and never looked back and went on to cut the tape in as he won his biggest race of his career in 2:09.51. He adds Monday’s win in Boston to his victories at the 2021 Prague Marathon and the 2018 Toronto Marathon.

Kipruto finished 10th at the 2019 Boston Marathon. His best finish came in the 2019 Toronto Marathon when he crossed the finish line in 2:05.13.

Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu came in second in a time of 2:10.37 with his fellow country-mate Jemal Winer closing the first three podium finishes in 2:10.38.

United Staes Collin Bennie was the top American runner, coming in seventh in 2:11.26.