Kenyans sweep to victories at Boston Marathon

Kathrine Switzer stops to mark iconic spot 50 years later

Monday, bib number 17144 crossed the finish line thinking of the woman who came before her, and the ones that run alongside her.

In her original run, as part of the Syracuse Harriers athletics club, Switzer made worldwide headlines after race official Jock Semple broke into the runners to rip the number off her sweatshirt.

Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat produced a Kenyan sweep at the Boston Marathon, winning the men's and women's races on Monday by conquering the race's hilly final miles to establish their dominance.

Now, 50 years later, she completed Monday's marathon in 4 hours, 44 minutes, and 31 seconds.

Switzer went on to be the women's victor of the 1974 New York City Marathon and provide TV commentary in Boston for the last 37 years.

Switzer was 20 years old when she first ran in the Boston Marathon. I couldn't walk or move or stand up. Before her start, she was given the honor of firing the gun for the women's elite runners.

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Captain Kenneth Fackina, who posted the photograph along with a message, said he was inspired after reading about Sanchez in a Runner's World article. She told us he changed her life, gave her a career, focus, and health, and practically introduced her to her husband.

In the clip, Granville - of Carbondale, Pennsylvania - is seen hoisting his race partner on his back and carrying her to the end of the race.

" 'You'll never have children, ' they said".

It's been 50 years since the first woman completed the 26.2 mile journey from Hopkinton to Boylton St. "If all of this happened in 50 years, imagine what is going to happen in the next 50 years". "I wasn't trying to break any barriers", Switzer, now 70, told SELF previous year. Rupp, running his first marathon since earning a bronze medal at last summer's Olympics, was the highest-placing American-born man since Gary Tuttle's runner-up finish in 1985.

Switzer's coach in 1967 was a 15-time Boston Marathoner and didn't think a woman could do it - which energized Switzer to try.



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