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Two Kenyan runners finish on top at Boston Marathon

Kathrine Switzer's friend intervenes as a race official tries to rip the number off her shirt and remove her from the race Kathrine Switzer's friend intervenes as a race official tries to rip the number off her shirt and remove her from the race
Montrelle Montesinos | 27 Abril, 2017, 18:53

Two times former World marathon champion Edna Kiplagat is this year's Boston Marathon women's champion while Geoffrey Kirui has claimed his first major after winning the men's race in 2 hours, 09 minutes and 37 seconds.

(There were 43 women ages 70 and older registered for this year's marathon.) She said she felt overwhelmingly grateful for the streets of Boston after crossing the finish line.

With the help of a bodyblock from her boyfriend, Switzer evaded the official and finished the race in four hours 20 minutes.

The Boston Athletic Association is retiring bib No. 261 in honor of Switzer.

Kathrine Switzer was all smiles, and just a little out of breath, as her feet carried her 26.2 miles and thousands cheered as she ended the race in 4:44:31.

Two miles into the 1967 race, a race official noticed her and attempted to kick her off the course. The woman, who was holding an American flag, and Granville immediately embrace after he sets her down.

Jordan Hasay from the United States, who was making her debut in marathon clocked 2:23.00 for third place.

Instinctively I jerked my head around quickly and looked square into the most vicious face I'd ever seen. This was Rose's 16th marathon and the fourth time she has completed the Boston Marathon specifically. "They would just think that I was a clown, and that women were barging into events where they had no ability".

"Fifty years before, it was so freezing", she said. Kathrine Switzer was among many inspirational runners at the 2017 race.

"I generally am pretty law-abiding".

"But am I bold?" What were those men so afraid of that they had to run onto the course in their suits and hats? "I ask for forgiveness".

Ms Switzer's run 50 years ago is widely credited with forcing the Boston Marathon to start allowing female runners in 1972. The race also marked the return of a marathon legend.

Pictures of that splashed across newspaper front pages, and Switzer somewhat inadvertently became a symbol of the women's movement. Switzer changed the definition of strength in a male-dominated field. "It wasn't until Jock Semple attacked me did everything change".

Her number 261 was worn in her first race and stands as a symbol of courage and strength for all women. There are now more women competing in marathons nationwide than there are men. "At the time, it was a awful experience, but in the fullness of time, it was the best thing that ever happened to me". She started the nonprofit 261 Fearless in 2015, which uses running to empower women around the world. Switzer asked. "As negative as that experience was, it became the best thing in my life".