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Kenya’s Evans Chebet, Peres Jepchirchir win 126th Boston Marathon

Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya poses for a portrait with a trophy after winning the professional women's division of the 126th Boston Marathon. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir captured the women’s pro division at the Boston Marathon Monday, in a dramatic duel down the stretch against Ethiopia’s Arabel Yeshaneh at the iconic race returned to its traditional April date for the first time since 2019.

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Jepchirchir’s time of 2:21:01 was four seconds ahead of Yeshaneh and punctuated her fourth consecutive win in a marathon on the 50th anniversary of the first women’s competition in Boston. She also won the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics as well as the New York Marathon, becoming the first athlete, male or female, to win all three in a year.

The lead changed eight times in the final mile, with Jepchirchir pulling ahead for good on Boylston Street with approximately 400 yards to go. Jepchirchir’s time was the third fastest in Boston Marathon history.

“It means a lot to me to win Boston,” Jepchirchir said in a television interview following the trophy presentation. “I know there’s more victories to come.”

The 126th running of the Boston Marathon marked the event’s return to its spot on Patriots’ Day, the Massachusetts state holiday, since the coronavirus pandemic forced a cancellation in 2020, and a delay to early October in 2021.

The Hopkinton, Mass., starting line saw 30,000 participants for the oldest annual marathon in the world. The 26.2-mile course ends on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay, just down the road from Fenway Park, where the Red Sox will be taking on the Minnesota Twins in their traditional 11:10 a.m. game.

Read below for complete coverage and highlights from the race.

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Here’s what to know

  • Evans Chebet of Kenya captured the win on the men’s pro side, finishing in an unofficial time of 2:06.51. Second and third place went to Lawrence Cherono and Benson Kipruto, also of Kenya. Cherono won the race in 2019, while Kipruto was victorious last year.
  • Daniel Romanchuk, 23, became the first champion of the day when he wrapped up his second career men’s wheelchair win in 1 hour, 28 minutes and 56 seconds. On the women’s wheelchair side, Switzerland’s Manuela Schar took the title for the fourth consecutive time, finishing in 1:41:08.
  • The race began on Main Street in Hopkinton. From there, runners take Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, reaching the halfway point at Wellesley. The course then joins Route 16 and continues through Newton Lower Falls before turning onto Commonwealth Avenue, with runners going through the Newton Hills, Brookline, Kenmore Square and under Massachusetts Avenue. From there, they turned onto Hereford Street and then Boylston Street, finishing near the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.
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