Boston Marathon 2021: Kenyans Kipruto, Kipyogei win pandemic-delayed race

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Benson Kipruto of Kenya won the 125th Boston Marathon as the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual 26.2 mile race, returning from a 30-month hiatus due to the pandemic.

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Viewers watched Kipruto flee the lead pack as it turned nearly three miles toward Beacon Street to try and break the tape in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 51 seconds. Diana Kipyogi won the women’s race to complete her eighth Kenyan sweep since 2000.

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A winner in Prague and Athens, who finished 10th in Boston in 2019, Kipruto awaited an early breakaway by American CJ Albertson, who led by two minutes at the halfway point. Kipruto took the lead in the Cleveland circle and was 46 seconds ahead of 2016 winner Lemi Barhanu; Albertson, who turns 28 on Monday, was 10th, 1:53.

Kippoygi remained ahead for most of the race and finished in 2:24:45, 23 seconds ahead of 2017 winner Edna Kiplagat.

Switzerland’s Marcel Haug won the men’s wheelchair race despite making a wrong term in the final mile, circling just seven seconds away from his course record in 1:08:11. Manuela Schaar, also from Switzerland, won the women’s wheelchair race in 1:35:21.

Hugh, who has raced eight times in Boston and won five here, found himself following the leading vehicle instead of turning from Commonwealth Avenue onto Hereford Street when he missed the second-to-last turn. $50,000 spent-course record bonus.

“The car went straight and I followed the car,” said Hugh, who finished second by 1 second at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. “But it’s my fault. I should have gone right, but I followed the car.”

BOSTON – OCTOBER 11: Men’s racer Benson Kipruto crosses the finish line to win the 125th Boston Marathon on October 11, 2021 in Boston. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Light rain and weather in the 1950s welcomed runners to the race at Copley Square, which included about 20,000 participants. who deserves.

The race was postponed until September in 2020 due to the pandemic, then called off for the first time in its history since the first race in 1897. Last year, more than 16,000 registered runners completed the distance by themselves as a virtual event.

This year’s race was moved from its usual Patriots’ Day in April to October in hopes that the pandemic would subside.

At 6 a.m. Monday, Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray dispatched a group of about 30 from the Massachusetts National Guard, which runs the course annually, to announce the start of the event. McGillivray said after that he was relieved to finally be back.

“It’s a great feeling to be out on the road,” McGillivray told the Associated Press. “Everyone’s excited. We’re looking forward to a good day.”

start rolling 9 a.m. ET. started For participants, allowing for greater social distancing on the course. As the organizers tried to manage the annual event steeped in tradition amid the changing COVID-19 pandemic, everything was different this year.

This was the first fall edition of the marathon ever held. Runners had to show proof that they had been vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19, and were required to wear masks until they crossed the start line. He didn’t wait and stretch before lined up at the corral in the village of traditional athletes.

For social distancing, the grounds were about a third smaller than the usual 30,000 participants. It also included more Americans than usual as many athletes from countries with strict COVID-19 quarantine rules could not participate.

The crowd on the way was also very less. Students at Wellesley College were told not to kiss the runners as they passed the school’s iconic “scream tunnel” near the halfway point.

A human chain stands at the start of the 125th race of the Boston Marathon on October 11, 2021 in Hopkinton, MA. (Photo by The Boston Globe via Craig F. Walker/Getty Images)

There was a heavy police presence with cars patrolling the streets and officers congregating throughout the course of the race. In 2013, two bombings at the Boston Marathon killed three spectators and crippled more than 260 people.

This year’s race also came after the death of Dick Hoyt, who inspired thousands of runners, fathers and disabled athletes by pushing his son Rick in a wheelchair to dozens of Boston Marathons and hundreds of other races.

Hoyt first pushed his son, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, to the Boston Marathon in 1980. Dick and Rick completed 32 Boston Marathons together, in a special wheelchair, until Dick retired in 2014, citing health issues. He had planned. Father and son never finished when they retired after the 2013 race, but because of that year’s finish line bombing, they came back one more time.

He passed away on March 17 after suffering from a heart ailment.

The Boston Athletic Association, which runs marathons, called Hoyt “one of a kind.”

“We will sincerely miss Dick, and will continue to keep many of his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers,” the association said of this year’s race.

related: Dick Hoyt’s 80, who pushed his son in several Boston Marathons. died at the age of

Organizers said a virtual Boston Marathon was also held alongside the in-person race, in which more than 27,000 runners from around the world could take part. Runners in more than 100 countries and all 50 states earned a commemorative Unicorn Medal by running 26.2 miles in their neighborhoods.

This was reported from Cincinnati.


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