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Kenya’s Benson Kipruto, Diana Chemtai Kipyogei win a Boston Marathon of firsts

Benson Kipruto won the Boston Marathon on Monday. (CJ Gunther/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

For the first time in a history that dates from 1897, the Boston Marathon was held in October this year rather than in April. So it was only fitting that Monday’s race featured some additional firsts.

The 125th installment of the iconic event, which was moved to the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic after last year’s race was canceled, featured a pair of first-time winners in Benson Kipruto and Diana Chemtai Kipyogei of Kenya.

Kipruto won the men’s event in 2 hours 9 minutes 51 seconds, saying afterward that the race was slower than he anticipated. Minutes later, Kipyogei, competing in her first major marathon and just her third overall, won the women’s event in 2:24:45.

Both Kipyogei, 27, and Kipruto, 30, bested fields that included former champions. On the women’s side, 41-year-old Edna Kiplagat, the 2017 winner, placed second in 2:25:09. In the men’s event, Kipruto held off Lemi Berhanu, who won Boston in 2016 and finished this year in 2:10:37.