Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, 21, of Kenya, who finished fifth in last year's Boston Marathon in only his second attempt at the distance, and Teyba Erkesso, 27, of Ethiopia, were greeted at the finish line as first time winners in the men's and women's elite winners in today's 114th Boston Marathon.
Cheruiyot captured his first Boston in record fashion, setting a course record worth a $25,000 bonus with his effort of 2 hours 5 minutes 52 seconds, bettering the mark set by his fellow Kenyan, four-time Boston winner Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, who won in 2006 in a then course-record time of 2:07:14.
"Almost two months ago, I met with Robert [Kipkoech Cheruiyot],"' said Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot. "He told me that if you stay with the group, you stay nice until people go slowly [then] try to move. Stay behind to reserve strength. He told me about his race he [won] in 2007 and 2006, so he knows."
Ethiopians Tekeste Kebede (2:07:25) and Deribe Merga (2:08:39), winner of last year's race, wound up finishing second and third, respectively, in the men's elite division.
Ryan Hall, 27, of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., finished fourth in 2:08:41 and was the fastest US finisher since Bob Kempainen ran 2:08:47 in 1994.
In winning Boston for the first time in 2:26:11, Erkesso held off a late charge from runner-up Tatyana Pushkareva of Russia who finished just three seconds off the winning pace in 2:26:14.
"From the beginning of the race, I was looking to win," said Erkesso, who built up a 1-1/3 minute lead through the 30K mark. "Tatyana was behind me and I didn't believe that I had the win until I crossed the [finish] line."
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes