Rita Jeptoo Of Kenya Wins 2013 Boston Marathon Women’s Elite Division
BOSTON (CBS) – Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won the women’s elite race division of the 2013 Boston Marathon Monday with an official time of 2:26.25.
At age 32, this was Jeptoo’s second Boston Marathon win. She won her first Boston Marathon back in 2006.
At mile marker 20, Portugal’s Ana Dulce Felix held a 90 second lead. Four miles later, that lead had vanished, and Jeptoo had pulled into the lead.
She never looked back; beating out Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia by 33 seconds.
Defending champion Sharon Cherop of Kenya finished in third, and Marblehead, Massachusetts native Shalane Flanagan finished in fourth place.
Flanagan, the top American in the race ran a 2:27.08 in her first Boston Marathon.
Tirfi Tsegaye of Ethiopia finished in fifth.
Flanagan’s teammate Kara Goucher finished in sixth place, running a 2:28.11.