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Chebet and Jepchirchir triumph at 2022 Boston Marathon

Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir and Evans Chebet made it a double Kenyan celebration after scooping the elite titles at the 126th Boston Marathon on Monday April 18.

Kenyans Evans Chebet and Peres Jepchirchir winning at the 126th Boston Marathon / Credit: BAA
Kenyans Evans Chebet and Peres Jepchirchir winning at the 126th Boston Marathon / Credit: BAA

Kenyan Evans Chebet won the 126th Boston Marathon men’s title, clocking a time of 2:06:51 for his first Abbott World Marathon Majors victory on Monday 18 April, 2022.

Chebet ran the eighth-fastest time in Boston Marathon history to bury the ghost of crashing out from the Boston Marathon in 2018 – his lone other attempt at the Hopkinton-to-Boston course.

Chebet has completed three other Abbott World Marathon Majors: the TCS London Marathon in 2021; the Tokyo Marathon in 2017; and the BMW Berlin Marathon in 2016.

His compatriots, 2019 Boston winner Lawrence Cherono (2:07:21) and 2021 champion Benson Kipruto (2:07:27), completed the podium in second and third positions respectively.

In the professional women’s category, Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir won her Boston Marathon debut in a time of 2:21:01.

Jepchirchir became the first athlete in history to have won the Boston, New York City, and Olympic Marathon titles, and the fifth Olympic marathon champion to win in Boston.

Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh finished four seconds behind in second place with 2:21:05 while Mary Ngugi from Kenya was third in 2:21:32.

The 2022 Boston Marathon race was the sixth-closest finish in women’s race history.

Selected Results:

Elite Men

FinishRunner (Country)Time
1Evans Chebet (Kenya)2:06:51
2Lawrence Cherono (Kenya)2:07:21
3Benson Kipruto (Kenya)2:07:27
4Gabriel Geay (Tanzania)2:07:53
5Eric Kiptanui (Kenya)2:08:47

Elite Women

FinishRunner (Country)Time
1Peres Jepchirchir (Kenya)2:21:02
2Ababel Yeshaneh (Ethiopia)2:21:06
3Mary Ngugi (Kenya)2:21:32
4Edna Kiplagat (Kenya)2:21:40
5Monicah Ngigi (Kenya)2:22:13

Yomi is the founder of Africa's number one track and field website - AthleticsAfrica. A multi award-winning editor, journalism innovator, media trainer, sports and digital transformation consultant.

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