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Boston Marathon History: 2016-2020

120th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 18, 2016

For the first time in race history, Ethiopia swept the top spots on the podium. Boston Marathon rookie Lemi Berhanu Hayle took advantage of a crystal clear day, running away from defending champion Lelisa Desisa before breaking the tape in 2:12:45. Atsede Baysa stormed back from being 37-seconds behind at 35K to win the women’s race going away in 2:29:19, defeating runner-up Tirfi Tsegaye by 44 seconds. Desisa pushed the pace in front of the men’s contest beginning at mile 16, joined only by Hayle. The pair would race side by side until Fenway Park came into view, when Hayle made the deciding move at an elite fluid station with a mile left. For Baysa, the winning surge also came with little over a mile remaining. Falling behind in Newton, Baysa never gave up and began to chip away at the very large lead approaching Boston. Running a 16:43 5K split from 35 to 40K, Baysa soon found herself well out in front and destined for first place. On the 50th anniversary of Bobbi Gibb’s pioneering run to become the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon, Baysa gifted her Champions’ Trophy to Gibb; Gibb served as the event’s Grand Marshal. This year’s race also kicked off Abbott World Marathon Majors Series X, which will conclude at the 2017 Boston Marathon.

Men's Top Results

1. Lemi Berhanu (21, ETH) 2:12:45
2. Lelisa Desisa (26, ETH) 2:13:32
3. Yemane Adhane Tsegay (31, ETH) 2:14:02
4. Welsey Korir (33, KEN) 2:14:05
5. Paul Lonyangata (23, KEN) 2:15:45
6. Sammy Kitwara (29, KEN) 2:16:43
7. Stephen Chebogut (31, KEN) 2:16:52
8. Abdi Nageeye (27, NED) 2:18:05
9. Getu Feleka (29, ETH) 2:18:46
10. Zachary Hine (28, USA/TX) 2:21:37

Women's Top Results

1. Atsede Baysa (29, ETH) 2:29:19
2. Tirfi Tsegaye (31, ETH) 2:30:03
3. Joce Chepkirui (27, KEN) 2:30:50
4. Jelena Prokopcuka (39, LAT) 2:32:28
5. Valentine Kipketer (23, KEN) 2:33:13
6. Flomena Cheyech Daniel (33, KEN) 2:33:40
7. Bezunesh Deba (28, ETH) 2:33:56
8. Fate Tola (28, ETH) 2:34:38
9. Neely Spence Gracey (26, USA/CO) 2:35:00
10. Mamitu Daska (32, ETH) 2:37:31


121ST Boston Marathon - Monday, April 17, 2017

A pair of Kenyans in Edna Kiplagat and Geoffrey Kirui made their Boston Marathon debuts memorable, running away with wins. Kiplagat, the two-time World Champion, waited patiently in the field through halfway before making a bold move in the 20th mile, running a 5:02 split. That was too much for challengers Rose Chelimo and Jordan Hasay to handle, and Kiplagat soon found herself well in front conquering the Newton hills. Kiplagat’s only hiccup came at the 35K fluid station, when she mistakenly grabbed another runner’s bottle then stopped, backtracked, and returned the drink. Continuing on alone, Kiplagat won in 2:21:52 and was greeted by her children Wendy and Carlos at the finish. Hasay claimed third in 2:23:00, the fastest debut marathon ever by an American woman. Men’s champion Kirui used an impressive mile split –4:28 between miles 23 and 24—to solidify his win. Gradually the field dwindled down from ten men at halfway until it was just Kirui and American Galen Rupp after 20 miles. Rupp tried hard to break Kirui, but the Kenyan met every surge with another acceleration and was alone from 24 miles on. Kirui won in 2:09:37 to Rupp’s 2:09:58. In his last competitive Boston Marathon, Meb Keflezighi placed 13th in 2:17:00. On the 50th anniversary of her 1967 run, pioneer Kathrine Switzer returned to Boston and completed the race in 4:44:31. Subsequently, her bib number 261 was retired by the B.A.A.

Men's Top Results

1. Geoffrey Kirui (24, KEN) 2:09:37
2. Galen Rupp (30, UDS/OR) 2:09:58
3. Suguru Osako (25, JPN) 2:10:28
4. Shadrock Biwott (32, USA/CA) 2:12:08
5. Wilson Chebet (31, KEN) 2:12:35
6. Augustus Maiyo (33, USA/CO) 2:13:16
7. Dino Sefir (28, ETH) 2:14:26
8. Luke Puskedra (27, USA/OR) 2:14:45
9. Jared Ward (28, UT) 2:15:28
10. Sean Quigley (32, USA/CA) 2:15:34

Women's Top Results

1. Edna Kiplagat (37, KEN) 2:21:52
2. Rose Chelimo (27, BRN) 2:22:51
3. Jordan Hasay (25, USA/OR) 2:23:00
4. Desiree Linden (33, USA/MI) 2:25:06
5. Gladys Cherono (33, KEN) 2:27:20
6. Valentine Kipketer (24, KEN) 2:29:35
7. Buzunesh Deba (29, ETH) 2:30:58
8. Brigid Kosgei (23, KEN) 2:31:48
9. Diane Nukuri (32, BDI) 2:32:24
10. Ruti Aga (23, ETH) 2:33:26


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