Boston celebrates its marathon between rain and cold


Once again Boston was the center of sport with the 122nd edition of the legendary Boston Marathon race, which took place on Monday, and which was special with the presence of six previous champions, including the champions of 2017, the Kenyan Geoffrey Kirui and his compatriot Edna Kiplagat. In addition to the champions there were also 17 US star runners and a list of international athletes that included 23 Olympians in the men’s and women’s categories. In total, the list of elite participants featured 14 Olympic and World Cup medalists. Desiree Linden of the United States, second place in 2011, was the one who won the female elite division of the Boston Marathon. It is her first triumph in a great career and she is the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. A group of 30,000 runners battled torrential rain, mid-30s temperatures and gusts of up to 32 mph on the 26.2-mile route from Hopkinton to Copley Square. A crowd greeted Linden with chants of “U-S-A!” Yuki Kawauchi of Japan won the male elite runners, becoming the first Japanese man to win since 1987. 5 years of the Boston Marathon bombing Earlier in the morning, Tatyana McFadden of the United States was the winner in the women’s wheelchair race. It’s his fifth victory in Boston and his twenty-second victory, the most for a wheelchair athlete. His unofficial time was 2:04:39. In addition, Marcel Hug, from Switzerland, was the winner of the male wheelchair division. His unofficial time was 1:46:26. This is the fourth consecutive title for Hug. Hug says that it was difficult and “frozen” and that he is happy to have finished. Hug finished 48 seconds ahead of 10-time winner Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa, who took second place with an unofficial time of 1:47:14. Hug finished last year in the best time in the world of 1:18:04. All will have to adapt to the presence of rain because according to the latest weather forecasts during the race will be stationed over the metropolitan area of ​​Boston a stormy front of rain, wind and cold, with a maximum temperature that will not exceed 49 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees centigrade). Faced with these climatic conditions, Kirui, a two-time Boston champion and silver medalist in the 2013 World Championships marathon, Lelisa Desisa from Ethiopia and his compatriot Lemi Berhanu, winner at Boston 2016, stand out among the male participants. It also has options to win the silver medalist in the marathon of the 2017 World Cups, the Ethiopian Tamirat Tola. As for the US riders, Galen Rupp, who finished second last year, also returns, along with his compatriot Shadrack Biwott and are, in addition to the Kenyan Wilson Chebet, in athletes who also have options to take the win. Among those who are going to make their debut in Boston are several Kenyans who achieved their best times during the past year as Nobert Kipkoech Kigen, who finished fourth in Seoul and second in Amsterdam. Evans Kiplagat Chebet finished fourth in Tokyo and second in Valencia, while Felix Kipchirchir Kandie was second in Seoul and fourth in Berlin, with Philemon Rono Cherop, who won in Toronto. Kenyan Stephen Sambu, who finished fifth in the Chicago Marathon last year, along with Dutch Olympian Abdi Nageeye, who set a national record in 2017, and Canadian Olympians Reid Coosaet and Eric Gillis will also be on the list of international athletes. While among the American athletes will compete Elkanah Kibet, the best local runner in the 2017 World Championships Marathon, and Timothy Ritchie, who was national champion last year. They will all join Rupp’s group, Biwott, as well as Dathan Ritzenhein, Abdi Abdirahman, Ryan Vail, Scott Smith and Andrew Bumbalough. The German Arne Gabius, who holds the best national marathon brand, together with the South African Olympian Lusapho April and the Japanese Yuki Kawauchi and Kentaro Nakamoto complete the list of international runners. Within the women’s competition, Kiplagat returns to defend his crown. Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa, of Bahrain, silver medalist in the 2016 Olympic marathon, and Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia, champion of London and three times winner in Dubai, will try to challenge the defending champion. The trio will be joined by the 2014 Boston Marathon champion and race record holder, Buzunesh Deba from Ethiopia, and her compatriot Mamitu Daska, a two-time winner from Frankfurt who has also won victories in Dubai and Houston. Caroline Rotich, who won the 2015 Boston Marathon, returns and joins her compatriot Gladys Chesir, who makes her debut after finishing second in Amsterdam last year. The owners of the national marathon record, Kellys Arias of Colombia and Madai Pérez of Mexico, will be among the contenders for the title, as will Krista DuChene, the second fastest Canadian marathon runner in history. Jessica Augusto from Portugal and Jessica Draskau-Petersson from Denmark, both Olympians, will make their debut at the Boston Marathon. The American team announced that four of the five fastest marathon women of all time will participate: Deena Kastor, Jordan Hasay, Shalane Flanagan and Desiree Linden. Kastor, holds the national record, as well as being champion in London and Chicago and won the bronze medal in the 2004 Olympic Marathon. Hasay finished third in Boston and Chicago last year. Flanagan recently won the TCS marathon in New York City. Linden finished in the top five in seven World Marathon Majores and missed Boston’s triumph by just two seconds in 2011. While the special runner to follow will be Katherine Beiers, 85, who won the first place for her division in the Boston Marathon in 2017 when she was 84 years old and will return to defend the title in what will be her fourteenth participation. Again, the great goal of the race organizers and local authorities is to ensure maximum safety for the more than 30,000 athletes from the United States and 96 different countries that are expected to participate in the 26.2-mile race ( 42,164 kilometers) away, which will go from Hopkinton to Boston. Hundreds of local, state and federal security agents and bodies will participate in the device to prevent a repeat of the 2013 terrorist act when several explosions left three people dead and 264 injured. The security measures will be strict, there will be road and street closures, you will not be able to arrive by private car to the areas where the race takes place, and people will have to mobilize through the public transport service that has been established. In addition, people who are going to attend the race will not be able to bring backpacks, picnic blankets, baseball bats, and drones, among other objects.


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