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Peres Jepchirchir makes history with Boston Marathon win

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Nov 7, 2021; New York, New York, USA;  Peres Jepchirchir, of Kenya, crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 2:22:39 at the New York City Marathon.   Mandatory Credit: Kevin R. Wexler-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kevin R. Wexler-USA TODAY Sports

With her victory in the Boston Marathon on Monday, Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya became the first athlete to win an Olympic marathon gold medal and the New York City and Boston marathons.

Jepchirchir, 28, the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games gold medalist and 2021 NYC champion, finished the 26.2-mile race with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 21 minutes and 1 second.

Competing in Boston for the first time, Jepchirchir won a back-and-forth finish against Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh. Kenya’s Mary Ngugi was third and Nell Rojas was the top American finisher in 10th place.

Evans Chebet, 33, won the men’s race in 2:06:51, with fellow Kenyans Lawrence Cherono and defending champion Benson Kipruto finishing second and third, respectively. Scott Fauble was the top U.S. finisher in seventh place.

It was the first major marathon victory for Chebet.

Switzerland’s Manuela Schar won the women’s wheelchair competition for the fourth time and Daniel Romanchuk of the U.S. won his second Boston title in the men’s wheelchair race.

It was the first time since 2019 that the marathon took place on its traditional spring date on Patriots’ Day. The 2020 race was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while the 2021 edition was held in October.

–Field Level Media