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Kenya double as Chebet, Obiri dominate Boston Marathon

Kenya double as Chebet, Obiri dominate Boston Marathon_4.1

127th Boston Marathon

Evans Chebet of Kenya crosses the finish line and takes first place in the professional Men’s Division during the 127th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts. Evans Chebet and Hellen Obiri stormed to victory in the men’s and women’s races at the Boston Marathon to complete a third straight Kenyan double in the 127th edition of the long distance-running showpiece. Chebet finished in a time of 2hr 5min 54sec, with Tanzania’s Gabriel Geay second in 2:06:04, and Chebet’s training partner and fellow Kenyan Benson Kipruto third in 2:06:04.

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In rainy, cool conditions, defending men’s champion Chebet upstaged world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge to become the first man to defend the Boston title since Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot’s 2006-2008 hat trick.  But there was disappointment for two-time Olympic champion Kipchoge, widely regarded as the greatest marathon runner of all time, who had been who had been bidding to add the Boston crown to previous marathon victories in Berlin, Tokyo, London and Chicago.

About the Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is one of the oldest and most prestigious long-distance running events in the world. It is held annually on Patriots’ Day, which falls on the third Monday of April, and takes place in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The marathon was first held in 1897 and has been run every year since, except for in 2020 when it was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Boston Marathon attracts elite runners from around the world, as well as thousands of amateur runners who qualify based on their performance in other marathons or half-marathons. The course is a point-to-point route that starts in the town of Hopkinton and ends in downtown Boston, covering a distance of 26.2 miles. The course is known for its challenging hills, particularly the infamous “Heartbreak Hill” near the 20-mile mark.

The Boston Marathon is also known for its strict qualifying standards and the fact that runners must meet certain time requirements in order to be eligible to participate. The race has a rich history and is an important part of Boston’s cultural heritage. It is a major event in the sports world and is watched by millions of people around the globe.

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