Kenya's Rita Jeptoo wins Boston Marathon again

Kenya's Rita Jeptoo wins Boston Marathon again

April 21st, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Rita Jeptoo, of Kenya, celebrates her win in the women's division of the 118th Boston Marathon today in Boston.

Rita Jeptoo, of Kenya, celebrates her win in...

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By PAT EATON-ROBB

Associated Press

BOSTON - Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the Boston Marathon title she said she could not enjoy a year ago after the fatal bombings.

Jeptoo finished today's women's division race in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds. She becomes the seventh three-time Boston Marathon champion.

Jeptoo broke away from a group of five runners at the 23-mile mark. Buzunesh Deba finished second with an unofficial time of 2:19:59.

American Shalane Flanagan finished fifth after leading for more than half the race. She took a gamble by setting the early pace. She ran her first mile in 5 minutes, 11 seconds, but fell back on the Newton Hills about 21 miles into the race.