Edna Kiplagat Wins Boston and Possibly $500,000 as Jordan Hasay’s Debut is a Huge Success, Desi 4th
April 17, 2017
BOSTON — The Boston Marathon debut for Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat was a rousing success as the 37-year-old crushed the field over the final seven miles to win in 2:21:52, her first marathon win since London in 2014, and possibly clinching the $500,000 Abbott World Marathon Majors series first place prize.
Rose Chelimo of Bahrain via Kenya, who was 9th at the recent World Cross Country Championships in the middle of her marathon buildup, finished 59 seconds behind in second (2:22:51) and Jordan Hasay’s marathon debut was a tremendous success as she was 3rd in 2:23:00. Desi Linden of the USA was 4th (2:25:06) and pre-race favorite Gladys Cherono was fifth (2:27:20).
Running on a moderately warm day (high 60s at the start, low 70s at the finish) but one that was aided by a tailwind, eight women were still in the lead pack at halfway (reached in 1:12:33). Six women were still in the pack as they entered the Newton Hills at mile 16. That’s where the racing heated up and Desi Linden was the first of the six to crack, falling off and then regaining contact with the leaders.
After the 30km mark, on the 20th mile, Edna Kiplagat made her move. Afterward, she said at 30k she thought, “Let me see if I can break away from the field.” That’s exactly what she did.
Kiplagat ran the 20th mile in an unofficial 5:01 to open up a 12-second lead. For comparison, the lead men ran that mile in 5:04. What a move.
From there she would continue to lengthen her lead until she had an issue at the water stop around 35km. She couldn’t find her water bottle and came to a stop. Eventually she found her bottle on a second table and kept going again. There was no stopping her now as she was rolling with 5:09 in mile 22, 5:04 on 23, 5:02 on 24. She’d slow the final two miles, but there was no doubting she was best today.
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