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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.

Romanian Meringor breaks the LA Marathon course record

Romania’s Delvine Meringor broke the race course record at the 35th edition of the Los Angeles Marathon that was held on Sunday (20) in Los Angeles, California.

Meringo who is a Kenyan by birth now trades for Romania beat a strong field the included Antonina Kwambai who was also the last editions runner-up and Biruktayit Eshetu Degafa from Ethiopia.

This the second marathon for the 29 year-old after running a personal best of 2:24.32 at the last years Xiamen Marathon where she finished in sixth place.

Meringor erased the previous course record of 2:25.10 that was set in 2006 by Lidiya Grigoryeva from Russia by setting a new course record of 2:25.03.

“I am so happy. It’s an amazing day for me,” Meringor said, who claimed a $10,000 marathon challenge bonus for holding off Korir with a 16:05 head start to beat the men’s winner to the finish line.

Kwambai came home in second place in a time of 2:30.12 with Degafa closing the podium three finishes in 2:31.28.

Kenya’s Martha Akeno and Amanda Phillips from United States finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:34.02 and 2:35.06 respectively.

Meringor who is hoping to qualify and represent Romania in the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, pocketed a cool $20,000 as prize money and bonus.



  1. Delvine Meringor      (ROM) 2:25.03
  2. Antonina Kwambai   (KEN)  2:30.12
  3. Biruktayit Degafa      (ETH) 2:31.28
  4. Martha Akeno             (KEN) 2:34.02
  5. Amanda Phillips         (USA) 2:35.06