A Mother's pride as Edna Kiplagat wins 121st Boston Marathon

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Apr 18, 2017
  • Edna Kiplagat won the 121st Boston Marathon on debut. (Photo Courtesy)

  • The pride of a mother after winning a marathon. Edna Kiplagat started a breast cancer foundation after the demise of her sister. (Photo Courtesy)

Edna Kiplagat, a two time world champion who made her Boston marathon debut by winning the 121st event was not alone on the winner's podium.

The Kenya Police runner was joined by her two children Wendy Jemutai, 9 and Carlos Kipkorir, 13.

Her win went a long way in creating an awareness about a breast cancer foundation she founded after the death of her sister. She also raises the sister's two children.

The finishing line did not stop Kiplagat, 37 from her two children as she continued to run in their direction. They later joined her on the podium. 

In an interview after the race, Kiplagat told the Associated Press she felt strong throughout the race in shich she pulled away from second-placed Rose Chelimo from Bahrain to win in two hours 21.52 minutes.

Geoffrey Kirui completed a podium finish for Kenya by winning the men's title. He withstood a stiff challenge from USA's Galen Rupp.

Kirui who finished seventh in last year's Amsterdam's Marathon and third in Rotterdam is the first Kenyan to win after paliamentarial Wesley Korir won in 2012. 

At Elgon View Eastate in Eldoret, Gilbert Koech, Kiplagat's husband watched his wife win. The husband and coach said he was optimistic of a good result because of the good preparations.

"I knew during the training sessions that she was going to win. She picked very well in training and her progress was on top notch," the coach explained.

Koech added of the two-time London Marathon champion: "She promised me that she will follow the instructions we were doing in training."

Boston Marathon Results

Women: Edna Kiplagat 2:21.52 (Kenya), Rose Chelimo (Bahrain) 2:22.51, Jordan Hasay (USA) 2:23.00, Desiree Linden (USA) 2:25.06, Gladys Cherono (Kenya) 2:27.20, Valentine Kipketer (Kenya) 2:39.35, Buzunesh Deba (Ethiopia) 2:30.38, Brihid Kosgei (Kenya) 2:31.48, Diane Nukuri (Burundi) (2:32.24, Ruti Aga (Ethiopia) 2:33.26.

Men: Geoffrey Kirui 2:09.37, Galen Rupp (USA) 2:09.58, Suguru Osako (Japan) 2:10.28, Shadrack Biwot (USA) 2:12.08, Wilson Chebet (Kenya) 2:12.35, Abdi Abdirahman (USA) 2:12.45, Augustus Maiyo (USA) 2:13.16, Dino Sefir (Ethiopia) 2:14.26, Luke Puskedra (USA) 2:14.45, Jared Ward (USA) 2:15.28.

By Agencies

Additional reporting by Emmanuel Sabuni