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Boston Marathon 2014 results: Rita Jeptoo of Kenya wins for 3rd time in Boston

Jeptoo defended her 2013 victory in Boston, setting a course record in the process.

Jim Rogash

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:

Place Name Country Official time
1 Rita Jeptoo KEN 2:18:57
2 Buzunesh Deba ETH 2:19:59
3 Mare Dibaba ETH 2:20:35
4 Jemima Jelagat Sumgong KEN 2:20:41
5 Meselech Melkamu ETH 2:21:28
6 Aleksandra Duliba BLR 2:21:29
7 Shalane Flanagan USA 2:22:02
8 Sharon Cherop KEN 2:23:00
9 Philes Ongori KEN 2:23:22
10 Desiree Linden USA 2:23:54