Diana Kipyogei of Kenya gained the Boston Marathon on Monday in her main marathon debut. At 27, her earlier greatest victory was the Istanbul Marathon.
The race adopted a typical sample, with a big lead group forming and runners steadily dropping away. The pack was nonetheless 20 sturdy by the midway mark. The race didn’t actually start till 18 miles in, when Kipyogei surged forward.
Netsanet Gudeta of Ethiopia, a former world cross-country champion, went after her and caught her inside a number of miles. Typically when a lone chief is caught in a marathon, it’s the top of the road for her. However at 24 miles, after the 2 had run facet by facet, it was Kipyogei who once more took the lead.
The veteran Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, a pre-race favourite and a two-time world champion in addition to a New York and Boston winner, quickly caught Gudeta and gave chase to Kipyogei. She gained a while however couldn’t shut the entire hole.
Kipyogei completed her sudden victory, in a area with many extra completed runners, in 2 hours 24:45 minutes. Kiplagat completed second in 2:25:09.