Kenyans take the honours in Boston Marathon

  • Kenyans take the honours in Boston Marathon

Kenyans take the honours in Boston Marathon

A runner who saw off furious race officials to become the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon has repeated the feat 50 years later.

For the last 50 years, she thought she was about 2 miles into running the 1967 Boston Marathon when Jock Semple, then the race director, tried to rip off her 261 bib number and throw her out of the race.

This isn't Granville's first marathon either - he used a hand-bike to compete in marathons in Boston, Chicago, Detroit and NY despite his injury but didn't use a bike this time around.

Ms Switzer has now taken part in the Boston Marathon nine times in total, and has won the New York Marathon - completing a total of 40 marathons, and numerous other races, in her career. On Monday wearing the same bib number 261, at 70 years old, Switzer finished in 4:44:31, noted the Globe.

On Patriots' Day, one South Bend Woman celebrated women's freedom by running in the iconic Boston Marathon. "That event changed my life and, as a outcome, the lives of millions of women around the world.", she writes in an essay in The New York Times.

"I felt really blessed to have her out there running every step with me and that gives me a lot of strength in the marathon and is what helped me get through the distance", she says.

Army Staff Sergeant Earl Granville, who has a prosthetic leg, was caught on video by WCVB carrying his guide across the finish line of his shoulders.

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Kiplagat, 37, was greeted by her children and family members as she crossed the line. "This time it was wall-to-wall cheering, and people not just congratulating me, but thanking me".

Race winners were officially awarded Monday evening at Fenway Park. It makes you feel there's no way you're not going to finish the race.

His response: "No dame ever ran no marathon".

"And when he came to, he was so impressed", she said.

Running the 1967 Boston Marathon changed the course of Switzer's life.

Jimmy Golen has covered the Boston Marathon for The Associated Press since 1995. New records were set for both wheelchair races, with Swiss racer Marcel Hug taking home the win for the men at 1:18:04, and Manuela Schar, also of Switzerland, winning for the women with a time of 1:28:17.