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2014 Boston Marathon Race Recap
Men's Open Race
With the fastest ever field assembled by John Hancock for the 118th Boston Marathon and the motivation for the elite athletes to pay tribute to all those affected by the tragic events of 2013, everyone watching the race knew something spectacular was certain to unfold. From the start, American Meb Keflezighi took the lead and continued to increase the gap on a field that included seven men who had run under 2:05:30, including the defending champion Lelisa Desisa (2:04:45 best) of Ethiopia and 2013 Chicago champion Dennis Kimetto (2:03:45 best) of Kenya. Meb, a three-time Olympian, brought great credentials to the race with a New York City Marathon win and an Olympic Marathon silver medal. He also brought experience on the course having finished third in 2006 and fifth in 2010. By the 25K mark, Meb had increased his lead over the field to 45 seconds and with the determined goal of winning the race for the City of Boston, he kept his pace strong through the Newton hills. The chase pack then turned up the pace in full pursuit, but Kenyans Wilson Chebet and Frankline Chepkwony ran out of road and finished behind Meb 11 and 13 seconds, respectively. Vitaliy Shafar from Ukraine and Markos Geneti from Ethiopia rounded out the top five. Nick Arciniaga was the second American to cross the line in seventh place. Meb’s win marked the first time since Greg Meyers’ 1983 win that an American man crossed the finish line first.
Women's Open Race
With ten women recording times of 2:23:30 or better in the 118th running of the Boston Marathon, defending champion Rita Jeptoo of Kenya knew she would have to run the race of her life to claim a consecutive title on the world’s most historic course. Although Rita arrived in Boston in top form, having won the 2013 Chicago Marathon and recording the fastest time in the world in 2013, American Shalane Flanagan was determined to win in her hometown and honor those affected in the 2013 race day tragedy. From the start Shalane aggressively set the opening pace and the field responded, determined not to let a three-time Olympian slip away. What ensued was the fastest women’s race ever recorded in Boston. Rita earned the win and a new course record of 2:18:57, Shalane set a new American course record of 2:22:02 (breaking Desiree Linden’s 2:22:38 from 2011), and it was the first time in history that ten women broke the 2:24:00 barrier in the same race. Three additional women ran under the old course record including Buzunesh Deba (2:19:59), Mare Dibaba (2:20:35), and Jemima Sumgong (2:20:41). Six elite women set personal bests and the top-ten average of 2:21:33 was the fastest top-ten average of all time in any marathon ever run. The second American to cross the finish line was Desiree Linden who finished in 2:23:54.