Rita Jeptoo became a three-time winner of the Boston Marathon on Monday morning, setting a course record as she ran to her second consecutive first-place finish in the women's division of the historic race.
Jeptoo, a native of Kenya, crossed the finish line on Boylston Street in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 57 seconds, breaking the 2:20:43 mark set by her compatriot Margaret Okayo in 2002.
Jeptoo was the world's best female marathoner in 2013, winning in Boston before setting the best time of the year during a winning run in Chicago (2:19:57). Her first win in Boston came in 2006.
Two American women finished in the top 10. Shalane Flanagan of Oregon finished in seventh with a time of 2:22:02 and Desiree Linden of Michigan grabbed 10th with a time of 2:23:54. Kenya dominated the top finishers, landing four in the top 10. Ethiopia had three top-10 finishers, including second (Buzunesh Deba) and third (Mare Dibaba).
Here are the results for the top finishers:
|4||Jemima Jelagat Sumgong||KEN||2:20:41|