Retaking the podium

Kenyan runners hold off resurgent U.S. contingent

Posted: April 18, 2017 at 2:15 a.m.

Runners head down the stretch toward the fi nish line during the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday. Temperatures reached the mid- 70s, which made it a little more difficult for participants to complete the 26.2-mile course.

BOSTON -- The Kenyans are back in Boston after a relative lull that saw them shut out in the world's most prestigious marathon twice in the past three years.

Geoffrey Kirui held off United States Olympian Galen Rupp over the final 2 miles to become the first Kenyan to win the men’s division since 2012.

Edna Kiplagat, of Kenya, a twotime IAAF world champion in the marathon, ran the final 6 miles of the race alone to coast to the women’s division title...

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