Boston Marathon: Evans Chebet and Helen Obiri win men’s and women’s races in double joy for Kenya

(CNN) There was double joy for Kenya in 2023 Boston Marathon As Evans Chebet and Helen O’Bery She won the men’s and women’s races, respectively.

Chebet claimed it for the second time in a row Boston Marathon — the first man to defend his title since Robert Cheruiyot did so in 2008 — in an unofficial time of two hours, five minutes, 54 seconds, while Aubrey took the honor in only her second official marathon.

Tanzanian Gabriel Ji finished second with a time of 2:06:04, while Kenyan Benson Kipruto came in third with a time of 2:06:06.

More than 30,000 athletes from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have taken part in the famous 26.2-mile course, starting in rural Hopkinton and finishing on Boylston Avenue.

This year’s race marks the 10th anniversary of the twin bombings that occurred near the finish line, killing three people and injuring at least 264.

Obery She won the elite women’s race to claim her first Boston Marathon title in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 21 minutes, 38 seconds.

The spirited Aubrey, who finished sixth in the New York Marathon in November, was greeted at the finish line by her proud daughter.

Obiri is a two-time Olympic silver medalist, coming in second in the 5000m at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

Ethiopian Amani Berisu came in second, finishing in 2:21:50, while Luna Salpeter of Israel finished third in 2:21:57.

American Emma Bates finished fifth, with a time of 2:22:10.

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