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.
rita jeptoo is the women’s winner of the boston marathon with a fastest-ever female finishing time of 2:18:57
— RickLeventhalFoxNews (@RickLeventhal) April 21, 2014
Rita Jeptoo of Kenya wins 2nd straight Boston Marathon women’s race, 3rd overall; sets new course record – @WBZmarathon
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) April 21, 2014
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.
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
Americans Ryan Hall and Shalane Flanagan have lost their early leads in the Boston Marathon.
— Suzanne Duvall (@sduvall55) April 21, 2014
Boston Marathon Update – At mile 21, Mare Dibiba (ETH) leads five woman pack. Shalane Flanagan trails pack by about 13 seconds.
— Alec Silva (@AlecDSilva) April 21, 2014
Listening to live radio of Boston Marathon 2014. US runners Meb Keflezighi and Shane Flanagan are leading the Men’s and Women’s leg so far.
— Takbo.ph (@Takboph) April 21, 2014
“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.