Olympic winner Jepchirchir wins the 50th Boston Boston Marathon | Sports news

Written by JIMMY GOLEN, AP sports writer

BOSTON (AP) – Reigning Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir completed the women’s half-century celebration at the Boston Marathon, finishing at the top of all.

The 28-year-old Kenyan won a sprint on the last mile on Monday, when the world’s most prestigious 26.2-mile race returned to its traditional place on Patriot Day for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. .

On the 50th anniversary of the first official women’s race, Jepchirchir swapped places with Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia eight times in the last mile before finally moving forward on Boylston Street and finishing in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 1 second.

“I felt she was strong. I pushed it, “said Jepchirchir, who earned $ 150,000 and a traditional gilded olive wreath. “I’m behind. But I didn’t lose hope.”

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Evans Chebet finished the Kenyan sweep when he relaxed in the men’s race with four miles and won in 2:06:51. Gabriel Geay of Tanzania was second, back 30 seconds, and defending champion Benson Kipruto was third.

American Daniel Romanchuk won his second title in a wheelchair among men in his career at 1:26:58. Swiss Manuela Schar won her second Boston crown in a row and fourth overall, finishing in 1:41:08.

Over the weekend, with the Red Sox home opener – another spring sports ceremony in the city – more than 28,000 runners returned to the streets from Hopkinton to Copley Square six months after a smaller and socially distant event that was the only autumn race in its 126-year history.

Fans waved Ukrainian flags in support of dozens of runners, whose 26.2-mile run from Hopkinton to Copley Square was the easiest part of their journey. Athletes from Russia and Belarus were rejected in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

Ukrainians who could not get to Boston were offered a reprieve or a refund.

“Whatever they want to do, they can do,” said Boston Athletic Association president Tom Grilk. “Run this year, run next year. Do you want a puppy? What ever. There is no group we would like to help more. “

Jepchirchir and Yeshaneh spent most of the morning running shoulder to shoulder – or even closer: In the first half, Ethiopian’s eyes wandered off the track and she reached Jepchirchir.

She reached out to apologize, and they both held hands as they continued.

“She’s my best friend,” Jepchirchir said.

The battered Yeshaneh finished four seconds back. Kenyan Mary Ngugi finished third for the second time in six months, after the October podium after the 125th race was postponed, canceled and postponed again.

This year’s race commemorated the 50th anniversary of Nina Kuscsik’s victory as the inaugural official women’s winner. (However, she is not the first woman to finish the race: This honor belongs to Bobbi Gibb, who first ran in 1966 among unofficial runners known as bandits.)

Valerie Rogosheske, who finished sixth in 1972, said she planned to hide in the bushes that year and run as a bandit until the women took the lead a few weeks before the race.

She was among five of the original eight women who returned to the festivities this year, ran alongside her daughters and served as an honorary starter in the women’s elite field.

“There was just a feeling: ‘Boy, let’s go do this. No one can drop out. Our eyes are on us,” she said at the starting line on Monday. “A lot of people didn’t think we should run a marathon. That’s why we really felt the pressure, but also the opportunity to finish the marathon.”

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