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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Evans Chebet, Peres Jepchirchir wen

For the first time since 2019, the Boston Marathon took place on Patriots Day, the third Monday in April.

And on the 50th anniversary of the first time women participated, the 2022 women’s race did not disappoint.

The trio of Joyciline Jepkosgei (Kenya), Ababel Yesaneh (Ethiopia) and Peres Jepchirchir (Kenya) distanced themselves around the 15th mile. Jepkosgei dropped back after the two-hour notch and set up a final pairing of Yesaneh and Jepchirchir, the reigning Tokyo Olympics champion.

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Back and forth they went the last mile. One would take the lead, the other would pass moments later. But it was Jepchirchir who had the last boost to take first place. Mary Ngugi (Kenya) took third place. Nell Rojas (2:25:57) finished first (10th overall) among American women.

Peres Jepchirchir crosses the finish line in the women's division of the 2022 Boston Marathon

Evans Chebet of Kenya broke away from a packed pack in the men’s field to win the race, which he did not complete in 2018. Chebet turned into Boylston Street with a steady lead as the crowd cheered him on to the end.

It was the 33-year-old’s first major marathon victory.

Evans Chebet (4) aims for the finish line in the men's division of the 2022 Boston Marathon.

Chebet, who competed for Kenya but is also a citizen of the United States and Azerbaijan, has previously scored top five finishes in London, Berlin, Seoul, Valencia and Buenos Aires.

Chebet’s compatriot Lawrence Cherono finished second. Defending champion Benson Kipruto, who won last year at 2:09:51, made it a clean sweep for Kenya by finishing third. Scott Fauble (02:08:52) was the top American man.

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