Boston Marathon Men's Winner: Geoffrey Kirui

Barsaba Taglieri
Aprile 18, 2017

Galen Rupp, America's bronze medalist, will be running Boston for the first time.

They were followed closely by Americans who grabbed two of the top four women's spots and six of the top ten for men - the first time that's happened since the race went professional in 1986.

It was near that two-mile line that Switzer was confronted by the race director Jock Semple, who physically tried to stop the then-20-year-old. With her bib numbers pinned to her sweatshirt, it didn't take long for K. Switzer to attract the attention of the media and the race manager.

Kenya's Geoffrey Kirui (JOFF'-ree key-ROO'-ee) has won the Boston Marathon - his first marathon victory ever.

That's what Staff Sergeant Jose Luis Sanchez did at Monday's 121st Boston Marathon, according to the Boston Globe. "I love her so much and she'll always be with me".

Switzer won the 1974 New York City Marathon and has done TV commentary of the Boston race for 37 years. The only other number retired was John Kelley's No. 61 after he ran 61 Boston Marathons, finishing his last in 1992 at the age of 84 with a time of 5:58:36.

Also running on Monday was Ben Beach, who completed the race for an unprecedented 50th time in a row.

The 27-year old Garic finished in 24th place overall in the Men's Open Wheelchair Division and 32nd overall in a time of 1:39:38.

Schar, who won the marathon gold medal at the 2013 World Championships, finished with a time of 1:28:17, also setting a new course record.

Hug outpushed 10-time victor Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa down Boylston Street to finish in an unofficial time of 1 hour, 18 minutes, 4 seconds.

"The winners' times are considered a world best and not a world record".

"The wind is so important", Hug said. "Everything was fantastic today".

Earlier Monday, city officials announced plans for memorials to mark the sites where two bombs exploded during the 2013 race.

"I had the honor and privilege to win for the people, with the victims' names on my bib", Keflezighi said, referencing the names of Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingz, and Sean Collier, which were written in marker in the corners of his racing bib during the winning run.

Jimmy Golen has covered the Boston Marathon since 1995.

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