Boston Marathon race updates by Boston.com

Boston Marathon race updates by Boston.com

Stride-by-stride coverage of the elite field of male and female runners as well as the wheelchair racers, from Hopkinton to the finish line on Boylston Street.

  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:28:14 PM
    The women's leaders, tightly bunched, are defending champion Rita Jeptoo of Kenya and her countrywoman Jemima Jelagat Sumgong, and three Ethiopians: Buzunesh Deba, Mare Dibaba, and Meselech Melkamu. American Shalane Flanagan is now 13 seconds behind.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:31:33 PM
    The women ran the first 35K in 1:56:20.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:33:05 PM
    It's crunch time for men's leader Meb Keflezighi, looking strong in his red, white and blue singlet and dark sunglasses. He's on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton, having just passed the 18 mile mark in 1:28:04. Next up: Heartbreak Hill.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:33:39 PM
    Through 22 miles, the women's split time was 1:57:47.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:35:28 PM
    Buzunesh Deba has fallen back a bit, behind the lead women runners Rita Jeptoo, Mare Dibaba, Jemima Sumgong, and Meselech Melkamu.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:36:22 PM
    The trailing pack of elite men, which has thinned out a bit, includes Vitaliy Shafar of the Ukraine, Lusapho April of South Africa, Markos Geneti of Ethiopia, and Kenyans Frankline Chepkwony, Wilson Chebet, Dennis Kimetto, Joel Kimurer, and Micah Kogo.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:36:28 PM
    Defending champ Rita Jeptoo of Kenya has surged to the front.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:37:15 PM
    If Rita Jeptoo maintains her current pace, she could run a sub-2:20 marathon, setting a Boston record.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:38:08 PM
    Rita Jeptoo is known as one of the fastest closing runners in the world, and has run a 2:19 marathon.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:38:15 PM
    Rita Jeptoo’s 33-second victory over Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia last April ended a streak of five consecutive heart-stopping finishes in the women’s race. It started in 2008, when Dira Tune of Ethiopia crossed the finish line just two seconds ahead of Russia’s Alevtina Biktimirova. In 2009, Tune was on the losing end of a one-second victory by Salina Kosgei of Kenya.

    Three seconds separated 2010 victor Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia from Russian Tatyana Pushkareva. Kenyan Caroline Kilel eked out a two-second win over Desiree Davila of Minnesota in 2011, and two seconds was all that separated 2012 champ Sharon Cherop of Kenya from her countrywoman, Jemima Jelaget Sumgong.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:39:21 PM
    Rita Jeptoo ran the first 23 miles in 2:02:01.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:39:49 PM
    Meb Keflezighi has passed the statue of the late Boston Marathon icon Johnny Kelley on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton. His split at 19 miles was 1:32:51. His last mile was a speedy 4:47. Keflezighi's lead is now 48 second over Josphat Boit, who is still holding onto second place.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:40:00 PM
    Defending women’s champion Rita Jeptoo of Kenya followed up her Boston victory last year by running the fastest women’s marathon of 2013 in October in Chicago - 2:19:57.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:41:36 PM
    Men's leader Meb Keflezighi went through 20 miles in 1:37:52, still looking strong. He is now on Heartbreak Hill.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:41:58 PM
    Rita Jeptoo has a 22-second lead in the women's field.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:43:38 PM
    It was noted here that Rita Jeptoo is easily running faster than the Green Line trolley she just passed.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:45:07 PM
    Meb Keflezighi has just crested Heartbreak Hill. He has 8K left to the finish. Keflezighi is a past New York City Marathon winner and Olympic silver medalist. He has finished third and fifth in previous Boston starts. He was fourth in the London Olympic Marathon in 2012.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:45:17 PM
    Rita Jeptoo is setting a withering pace in her closing miles, running a sub-5-minute mile for mile 24.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:46:16 PM
    Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia, one of the pre-race favorites, dropped out about the 15 mile mark, according to witnesses on the course.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:46:34 PM
    Even though Rita Jeptoo's time is behind the record 2:20:43 set by fellow Kenyan Margaret Okayo in 2002, she is running at a faster closing pace than Okayo did.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:48:40 PM
    Rita Jeptoo is all alone as she runs under the Commonwealth Avenue overpass, the spot where many runners were stopped last year after the bombings.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:49:05 PM
    As you would expect, Meb Keflezighi slowed considerably in the mile up Heartbreak Hill. His mile split between 20 and 21 was 5:12, but he maintained his considerable lead. He went through 21 miles in 1:43:04, and 35K in 1:46:35.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:49:38 PM
    Now turning from Hereford onto Boylston is defending champion Rita Jeptoo of Kenya, all alone as she races to the finish line.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:50:58 PM
    Rita Jeptoo of Kenya has won her third - and second consecutive - Boston Marathon. She is the first women’s champion to repeat since countrywoman Catherine Ndereba in 2005.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:51:27 PM
    Rita Jeptoo just set a Boston Marathon course record - 2:18:57 unofficially, almost two minutes faster than the 2002 record.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:51:50 PM
    As he ran into Brookline, American Meb Keflezighi checked over his shoulder -- and saw no one. He is still looking strong as bigger and bigger crowds begin to cheer him on.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:54:26 PM
    It appears that second place finisher Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia also broke the women's 2002 course record. Official times to come.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:54:27 PM
    Here are the top five finishers in the men's wheelchair race:

    1. Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa, 1:20:36
    2. Kota Hokinoue of Japan, 1:21:14
    3. Masazumi Soejima of Japan, 1:21:14
    4. Marcel Hug of Switzerland, 1:24:39
    5. Jordi Madera of Spain, 1:24:42
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:55:28 PM
    The official finish time for women's winner Rita Jeptoo of Kenya has been announced as 2:18:57.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:57:04 PM
    At 23 miles in Boston, Meb Keflezighi has a 20 second lead, though he is looking a little more uncomfortable. His last mile was 4:51. Josphat Boit has fallen back, and Wilson Chebet of Kenya is now in second place and pushing hard.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:58:22 PM
    Meb Keflezighi's 23-mile split was 1:52:48. Wilson Chebet of Kenya is now within sight, and closing fast.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 4:01:04 PM
    Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan is teary at the finish line, telling Channel 4 that she "wanted to to win this race for my city. I wanted my love for Boston to be portrayed through my racing."
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 4:01:24 PM
    "I've never seen Boston so special," Flanagan said.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 4:01:53 PM
    At the rate Wilson Chebet is closing we will have a close finish. Men's leader Meb Keflezighi went through the 24 mile mark in Coolidge Corner in 1:57:35. Chebet is now only about 12 seconds behind.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 4:04:21 PM
    The women's marathon world record is 2:15:25, set by Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain in London in 2003.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 4:05:41 PM
    Rita Jeptoo's 2:18:57 is the 8th fastest women's marathon in the world.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 4:06:33 PM
    Both Meb Keflezighi and Wilson Chebet are struggling in the last mile. They just ran under Massachusetts Avenue. Just behind them is Frankline Chepkwony of Kenya.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 4:07:10 PM
    Meb Keflezighi seems to have a burst of energy. He now has an 8 second lead as he turns onto Boylston Street.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 4:08:45 PM
    American Meb Keflezighi has held on to win the Boston Marathon men's race in 2:08:37. He is the first American to win since 1983.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 4:10:04 PM
    In celebration, Meb Keflezighi did a few pushups on the pavement of Boylston Street, just past the finish line.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 4:11:27 PM
    Wilson Chebet held on for second, Frankline Chepkwony, also from Kenya, took third.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 4:13:05 PM
    Meb Keflezighi is the first American to win the men's race since Greg Meyer in 1983. 2:08:37 is his official time, a personal best.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 4:16:45 PM
    In a moment, Meb Keflezighi will get the winner's wreath and trophy, and we will hear the American national anthem played for the second time today. The first was for women's wheelchair winner Tatyana McFadden.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 4:18:47 PM
    The 10 top finishers in the women's race and their official times:

    1. Rita Jeptoo, 33, of Kenya: 2:18:57
    2. Buzunesh Deba, 26, of Ethiopia: 2:19:59
    3. Mare Dibaba, 24, of Ethiopia: 2:20:35
    4. Jemima Jelagat Sumgong, 29, of Kenya: 2:20:41
    5. Meselech Melkamu, 29, of Ethiopia: 2:21:28
    6. Aleksandra Duliba, 26, of Belarus: 2:21:29
    7. Shalane Flanagan, 32, of Oregon: 2:22:02
    8. Sharon Cherop, 30, of Kenya: 2:23:00
    9. Philes Ongori, 27, of Kenya: 2:23:22
    10. Desiree Linden, 30, of Minnesota: 2:23:54
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 4:21:28 PM
    Here are the men's top 10 finishers and their official times:

    1. Meb Keflezighi, 38, of San Diego, Calif., 2:08:37
    2. Wilson Chebet, 28, of Kenya, 2:08:48
    3. Frankline Chepkwony, 29, of Kenya, 2:08:50
    4. Vitaliy Shafar, 32, of Ukraine, 2:09:37
    5. Markos Geneti, 29, of Ethiopia, 2:09:50
    6. Joel Kimurer, 26, of Kenya, 2:11:03
    7. Nicholas Arciniaga, 30, of Flagstaff, Ariz., 2:11:47
    8. Jeffrey Eggleston, 29, of Boulder, Colo., 2:11:57
    9. Paul Lonyangata, 31, of Kenya, 2:12:34
    10. Adil Annani, 33, of Morocco, 2:12:43
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 4:24:04 PM
    Both female defending champions won again this year. Tatyana McFadden of Illinois repeated her women's wheelchair victory and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya took the laurel wreath in the women's open again.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 4:41:24 PM
    Meb Keflezighi told WBZ's television audience that he wanted "to win it for the people" who helped push him along the course, especially in the last few miles, when he was being challenged.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 4:41:40 PM
    A press conference featuring the top three finishers in the women's race as well as American Shalane Flanagan will start in a few minutes.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 4:52:38 PM
    Women's open champion Rita Jeptoo said she thought she won partly because her training in Kenya went well. Last year she was not happy with her win because of the bombing, but this year, she said, she was happy to win.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 4:55:01 PM
    Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia, who finished second and also broke the course record, told the gathered reporters that she was "here to show love. Last year, my heart was broken. This year, I am so grateful to be here."
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 4:57:47 PM
    Josphat Boit, who was a huge help to winner Meb Keflezighi when the two made a move together at about the 8 mile mark, faded at the end of the race, but still finished 11th, in 2:12:52, a personal best. Boit, 30, is a native of Kenya who was recruited to run at the University of Arkansas, where he was both a cross country and track All American. He lives in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and is now an American citizen.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 4:59:29 PM
    It was American Shalane Flanagan who set the blazing pace for the women's race through most of the course. She said that Joan Benoit Samuelson of Maine, a two-time Boston winner, told her to "run my own race and see if it was good enough to win. So I went for it." She said the spectators lining the route "were out of this world phenomenal, deafening. It was a most amazing, memorable day."
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 5:01:41 PM
    Flanagan is breaking down at the press conference, saying it was difficult not to win, given the emotions surrounding the race after last year's tragedies.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 5:12:52 PM
    Shalane Flanagan may have finished 7th, but she recorded the fastest time ever run by an American woman in Boston. Her 2:22:02 beat the 2:22:38 run by Desiree Davila of Michigan in 2011 and Joan Benoit Samuelson's 2:22:43 in 1983.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 5:16:51 PM
    During the women's press conference, Shalane Flanagan said she was surprised that so many women stayed with her as she executed her strategy of setting a fast initial pace in an attempt to pull far ahead of the field. Unlike the men's elite runners, who did not try to match the torrid pace set by eventual winner Meb Keflezighi - assuming he would fade - the Kenyan and Ethiopian runners in the women's race stuck close to Flanagan. It ultimately was her undoing.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 5:34:24 PM
    Meb Keflezighi, still wearing his laurel wreath, is taking questions from the press at the Copley Plaza Hotel. He said he took strength and energy from the huge crowd along the course, especially in the last few miles. "The crowd was phenomenal. I used them and they used me. The energy was just phenomenal. ... Toward the end I was remembering the victims who passed away. I said 'I'm going to use the energy to win, just like the Red Sox did.'"
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 5:38:46 PM
    Meb Keflezighi said he had stomach issue at about 21 miles. "I was going to throw up, but sometimes you have to dig deep," he said.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 5:42:54 PM
    Winner Meb Keflezighi was asked about the end of the race, when he seemed to fade before digging deep and finishing strong. "Early on I could see people coming. Towards the end I was a little bit nervous. I tried to save something for the end. I told myself, 'I've got one mile to go. Work on technique, technique. One step at a time. One step at a time.' "
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 5:48:43 PM
    Meb Keflezighi talked about running with fellow American Josphat Boit. He and Boit had shared the lead for more than 10 miles after making a move around the 8 mile mark. "People think I come from behind, but I'm a front runner. We just kept pushing the pace and saying come and catch us."
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 5:49:51 PM
    "I would say my career was 99 percent fulfilled (before the race)," Keflezighi said. "Now it's 105 percent fulfilled."
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 5:53:48 PM
    Men's wheelchair winner Ernst Van Dyk spoke to reporters about the emotion of winning a record 10th Boston Marathon title. "On the course it was really, really unbelievable. The last five miles was like a human tunnel of emotion. As tired as I was I couldn't give up. The people made me do that. They carried me."
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 5:56:03 PM
    Ernst Van Dyk also spoke about racing the year after the marathon bombings. "Last year, what happened here changed the world we live in. The way we race marathons has completely changed. Going in, I didn't really know how I was going to handle it. I arrived Tuesday right before the (official marathon bombing) tribute and there you could feel something push into your throat."
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 5:57:57 PM
    Van Dyk said he "knew it was over" when he hit Heartbreak Hill. "I knew they'd gain a few seconds on me there, but I knew they wouldn't catch me."
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