A historic 125th Boston Marathon finished with two Kenyan runners at the top! Benson Kipruto took home gold in the men’s division and Diana Kipyogei did the same in the women’s division!
The long-delayed marathon returned on Monday after a grueling 30-month break. And unlike more than a century-long tradition states, it did not take place in spring but rather now, in autumn. There were quite a lot less participants compared to normal, just around 18 000 compared to the pre-pandemic 30 000 and the same could be said about the spectators, who had to wear masks and keep their distance.
Those were the differences, but what was not different, was the fact that Kenya won once again, this being their eighth sweep since 2000. “There’s not a lot different on the course,” Kipruto said after he won the race with a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 51 seconds. Kipruto was well prepared not only physically but also tactically. At the halfway point of the race, it was American CJ Albertson who was leading the pack as Kipruto was saving his strength before he leaped ahead and created a sizable gap between himself and the rest of the runners. He finished 46 seconds in front of the second Ethiopian Lemi Berhanu Hayle.
For Diana Kipyogei this victory is that much sweeter as it is a big milestone for her. Not only does she get to bring home a prize of $150 000, but this is also her first victory of the World Marathon Majors in her career! She crossed the finish line 23 seconds ahead of the second Edna Kiplagat (a veteran 41-year-old Kenyan runner) with a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 45 seconds.