Kenyan athletes dominate Boston Marathon

Edna Kiplagat and Geoffrey Kirui raise the trophy after winning the men's and women's races at the 121st edition of the Boston Marathon on Monday evening. PHOTO COURTESY

Kenyan athletes took the 2017 Boston Marathon by  storm winning in both men’s and women’s divisions, thanks to Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat.

Kirui clocked 2 hours, 09 minutes and 37 seconds to win men’s race after pulling away from three-time U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp with two miles giving Kenya its first men’s victory in five years.

Kiplagat on the other hand finished in 2:21:52 to win her Boston debut, adding the victory to two world championships and wins in London, New York and Los Angeles.

The 38-year old mother of two, pulled ahead of Kenyan born Rose Chelimo of Bahrain in the Newton hills to win by 59 seconds.

It was a bragging right restoration for Kenya who have won either the men’s or women’s race every year since 1991 before being shut out in 2014 and again last year.

Kenya had taken both titles six times since 2000, before surrendering the trophy to Ethiopians after Rita Jeptoo was stripped of her 2014 title for failing a drug test and it was handed  to Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Deba in December 2016.