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Kenyans Jepchirchir, Kenyan Evans Chebet win women's Boston Marathon

Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir edged a thrilling sprint finish to win the women’s Boston Marathon on Monday, as fellow Kenyan Evans Chebet dominated a stellar field to claim

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  20 April 2022 3:57 AM GMT

BOSTON: Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir edged a thrilling sprint finish to win the women's Boston Marathon on Monday, as fellow Kenyan Evans Chebet dominated a stellar field to claim the men's title.

With one mile remaining, Jepchirchir moved ahead of Ababel Yeshaneh but the Ethiopian refused to bow and retook the lead before the pair battled down the final stretch.

Jepchirchir, who won in New York in November, needed every ounce of energy to break the tape in two hours 21 minutes and one second, four seconds ahead of her rival.

Kenyan Mary Ngugi finished third.

The win confirmed Jepchirchir as among the most dominant marathon runners of all time, as she became the first athlete to claim Olympic gold along with the Boston and New York titles.

Chebet picked up his first major victory in two hours six minutes and 51 seconds, with compatriots Lawrence Cherono and Benson Kipruto second and third.

A huge leading pack stuck together through 35 kilometres before Chebet pulled away, securing an 18-second advantage over 2019 winner Cherono with one mile left.

The wheelchair races featured dominant performances from two of the sport's most reliable podium finishers.

Tokyo Paralympic marathon silver medallist Manuela Schar of Switzerland defended her title in the women's race, seizing the early lead before breaking the tape in 1:41:08.

American Daniel Romanchuk pulled away from compatriot Aaron Pike by the 20km mark, crossing the finish line in 1:26:58 to pick up his second Boston title. Agencies

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