DOUBLE DELIGHT

Kipyogei,Kipruto win women and men's race at Boston Marathon

Kenyans' exploits in Boston came only a day after Ruth Chepng'etich virtuoso performance in the Chicago Marathon for her maiden World Marathon Majors win.

In Summary

•The 2020 Istanbul Half Marathon winner took charge of the race midway, kicking on all the way to the finish line

•Just half an hour earlier, Prague Marathon champion Benson Kipruto set the tempo with a masterclass run to cut the tape in 2:09:51

Diana Kipyogei of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the women's division of the 125th Boston Marathon in Boston.
Diana Kipyogei of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the women's division of the 125th Boston Marathon in Boston.
Image: REUTERS

Kenya's Diana Kipyogei led a 1-2-3 Kenyan sweep of podium places at the Boston Marathon as she timed 2:24:50 for her first marathon win of her career. 

The 2020 Istanbul Half Marathon winner took charge of the race midway, kicking on all the way to the finish line despite 2018 world half marathon champion Netsanet Gudeta at one point threatening to upstage her. 

Two-time champion Edna Kiplangat finished second in 2:25:09 whereas 2007 Africa Junior 5,000m champion Mary Ngugi came third in 2:25:20. 

Just half an hour earlier, Prague Marathon champion Benson Kipruto set the tempo with a masterclass run to cut the tape in 2:09:51.

Kipruto surged forward into the lead at the 22km mark just when it seemed as if American CJ Albertson was on course to write one of the greatest storylines of the Boston Marathon with what seemed an insurmountable lead. 

Kenya's Benson Kipruto of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the men's race in Boston Marathon
Kenya's Benson Kipruto of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the men's race in Boston Marathon
Image: REUTERS

The Ethiopian pair of Lemi Berhanu (2:10:37) and Jemal Yimer (2:10:38) finished second and third respectively. 

Kenyans' exploits in Boston came only a day after Ruth Chepng'etich virtuoso performance in the Chicago Marathon for her maiden World Marathon Majors win.