Diana Kipyogei of Kenya gained the Boston Marathon on Monday in her main marathon debut. At 27, her earlier greatest victory was the Istanbul Marathon.
The race started in a typical sample, with a big lead group forming and runners regularly dropping away. The pack was nonetheless 20 sturdy by the midway mark. The race didn’t actually start till 18 miles in, when Kipyogei surged forward.
Netsanet Gudeta of Ethiopia, a former world cross-country champion, went after her and caught her inside just a few miles. Sometimes when a lone chief is caught in a marathon, it’s the finish of the line for her. But at 24 miles, after the two had run aspect by aspect, it was Kipyogei who once more took the lead.
The veteran Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, a pre-race favourite and a two-time world champion in addition to a New York and Boston winner, quickly caught Gudeta and gave chase to Kipyogei. She gained a while however couldn’t shut the complete hole.
Kipyogei completed her sudden victory, in a discipline with many extra achieved runners, in 2 hours 24 minutes 45 seconds. Kiplagat, 41, completed second in 2:25:09.Kenyans took the prime 4 spots, with Mary Ngugi third and Monicah Ngige fourth. Nell Rojas was the prime American in sixth.