Twitter reports Rita Jeptoo of Kenya wins Women’s Boston Marathon

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Rita Jeptoo wins Women's Boston Marathon
Rita Jeptoo wins Women's Boston Marathon

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2014  – Rita Jeptoo of Kenya wins the Boston Marathon, setting a new course record. The two time winner (2013-2014) takes 3rd overall.

 

 

Shalane Flanagan had been setting the pace for the women running in The Boston Marathon. The American long-distance runner holds record times in the 3000 m, 50000 m 10,000 m and 15K road race; the runner also won the Olympic bronze medal (2008 / 10,000 m) and a bronze at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, coming in second during the New York City Marathon (2010).


But the real speed was how quickly Twitter is updating the race, the runners, photos and, soon, the winners.

Boston Marathon S. Flanagan Twit Pics
Boston Marathon S. Flanagan Twit Pics

The 32-year-old runner’s goal when she started this morning was to win the race that she finished in fourth place last year. At 10:15 am, Flanagan was pushing the elite women runners average 5:17 mile, giving them an estimated final run time of 2:17, though twitter is reporting that Flanagan and Ryan Hall have now lost their early leads though it seems that the out front runner can change quickly

“If I could have one wish, it would be to win this specific race on this specific day,” she said this week. “It basically would be the highlight of my career, for sure. If I could win this specific Boston: It has the most power, the most meaning behind it, of all the Boston Marathons that would be run.”
Flanagan grew up close to Boston, in Marblehead. In addition to the honor of winning the Boston Marathon on the first anniversary run of the 2013 bombing, wining would also make Flanagan the first American woman to win the race since Lisa Larsen Rainsberger in 1985.

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