Benson Kipruto and Diana Kipyogei, both from Kenya, won the 125th Boston Marathon on 11 October 2021. This is the first Abbott World Marathon Majors title for both athletes. Kipruto won the men’s race in 2:09:51 and Kipyogei won the women’s race in 2:24:45.
The men’s race was a game of cat and mouse as CJ Albertson of the U.S, who was not a favourite heading into the race, surprised the field in the early stages, covering the first 10 KM in 29:32 – 90 seconds ahead of the field. As he approached the 30 KM mark, Albertson began to show signs of fatigue, and the chase pack of 10 runners made up the gap by 35 km. 2017 champion Geoffery Kirui took the lead at the 35 KM mark, but it was Kipruto who broke away from the pack with 6 KM to go.
In the women's race, a crowded pack stuck together through the first 25 KM before Kipyogei, who won the Istanbul Marathon in 2020, made her move, securing a 10-second lead over the rest of the field by the 30 KM mark. Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta quickly challenged her but Kipyogei proved too powerful, again pulling away to win the race. Edna Kiplagat, who won in 2017, and Mary Ngugi finished second and third, respectively, to complete a podium sweep for Kenya.
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Seifu Tura and Ruth Chepngetich win the 2021 Chicago Marathon
On a hot, humid day in Chicago, Ethiopia’s Seifu Tura and Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich won the men’s and women’s 2021 Chicago Marathon races in 2:06:12 and 2:22:31, respectively. Chicago marks Tura’s first major marathon win.
After finishing sixth in 2019, Seifu Tura came back in a huge way at the 2021 Chicago Marathon, beating out former champion Galen Rupp to claim his first major marathon victory. American Galen Rupp, who won the race in 2017 and was hoping for a spot atop the podium, came in second with a time of 2:06:35, followed by Kenya’s Eric Kiptanui with a time of 2:06:51.
Chepngetich, the former half-marathon world record holder, took an early lead in the women’s race, and by the halfway mark was ahead of the world record pace and a full minute ahead of the rest of the field. By 30K, Chepngetich was running completely alone, with no pacers. After a long, gruelling solo effort and a large positive split, Chepngetich broke the tape in 2:22:31, followed by Emma Bates in 2:24:20, while Sara Hall finished 3rd in 2:27:19. Bates was the only winning athlete to run a negative split in the race.