Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui surrenders Boston Marathon title


Geoffrey Kirui winning the IAAF World Championships London 2017 marathon title (PHOTO/IAAF/Getty Images)
(FILE)Geoffrey Kirui winning the IAAF World Championships London 2017 marathon title (PHOTO/IAAF/Getty Images)

In Summary

  • Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui on Monday failed in his attempts  to defend the Boston Marathon title, losing to Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi, as American Desiree Linden took the women`s title.
  • Kirui came second in two hours, 18 minutes and 21 seconds, while the triumphant Kawauchi clocked 2:15.58 .Kenyan born American Shadrack Biwott settled for the third spot in 2:18.32.

Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui on Monday failed in his attempts to defend the Boston Marathon title, losing to Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi, as American Desiree Linden took the women`s title.

Kirui came second in two hours, 18 minutes and 21 seconds, while the triumphant Kawauchi clocked 2:15.58 .Kenyan born American Shadrack Biwott settled for the third spot in 2:18.32.

Linden, on the other hand, hit the tape in 2:39.54 to conquer the wet course amidst jubilant scenes from her compatriots. Edna Kiplagat who was defending her title posted a shocking performance, coming a distant eighth in 2:47.14.

For Kawauchi, the victory saw him claim his first Boston Marathon men’s title, capturing his fourth title of the year and fifth in a row at the distance.

Kawauchi won a New Year’s Day marathon at Marshfield, Massachusetts and followed with triumphs in the Kitakyushu Marathon in Japan and Wanjinshi Marathon in Taiwan before his breakthrough Boston victory.

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