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Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Kenyans Kirui, Kiplagat win 121st Boston Marathon

Kenyans Kirui, Kiplagat win 121st Boston Marathon

"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. "I'm feeling good. My body was prepared for this competition".

"It's my last [Boston] Marathon - what do I have to worry about?"

American Jordan Hasay, running her first competitive marathon, came in third in the women's field and Japan's Suguru Osako finished third in the men's race.

But a tailwind gusting up to 30 miles per hour could mean fast times, at least among the elite runners who should finish before the hottest part of the day.

That's what Staff Sergeant Jose Luis Sanchez did at Monday's 121st Boston Marathon, according to the Boston Globe.

When Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon 50 years ago, two miles in, the director tried to physically remove the 20-year-old, grabbing her and yelling, "Get out of my race!" "I said to my coach immediately after the incident, 'I have to finish this race now because if I drop out of this race, nobody's going to believe that women are serious.'" And so she persevered and finished.

Hug, a seven-time world champion and two-time Paralympic gold medalist, set a new course record on Monday with a finish time of 1:18:04. The straight-line Boston course doesn't qualify for world records because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday. "Everything was fantastic today". All 50 USA states are represented, as are 99 countries. He'll create the memorial markers on Boylston Street where bombs killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others. A new documentary that premiered in Boston on Saturday night, narrated by Matt Damon, tells that story along with many others from the history of the world's longest running long run. Details can be found here.

Drones and helicopters are watching the entire route this year. In addition, police will be stepping up the use of sand trucks and vehicle barriers to help prevent any possible attacks involving trucks like the ones in Nice and Stockholm. They've all been trained on latest terrorism intelligence and have been told to look for suspicious behavior and suspicious bags.

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