Boston Marathon: Enigmatic Evans Chebet Brings It Home

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Evans Chebet, 34, of Kenya takes first place in the Men’s race during the 127th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts on April 17, 2023. 30,239 people are entered to run the 26.2 mile (42.2K) race from a total of 106 countries and all 50 US states.

This year also is the 10 year anniversary of the 2013 bombings.

Defending champion Evans Chebet powered to back-to-back victories in the Boston Marathon on Monday as Eliud Kipchoge’s quest to add to his collection of major marathon titles ended in disappointment.

In wet and windy conditions, 2022 champion Chebet, from Kenya, took his time before surging away in the closing stages to become the first man to defend the Boston crown since compatriot Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot completed a hat-trick of victories between 2006-2008.

Pre-prace favourite and world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge who slowed down at the 30km mark finished sixth in 2:09:23.

It was Kipchoge’s maiden appearance in the streets of Boston as he surged on with his ambitious target to bag all the six World Marathon Majors races.

Chebet becomes the first man to defend his Boston Marathon title in over a decade as he pockets Ksh 20,157,000 for the win.

Kenya’s Hellen Obiri claims Boston Marathon women’s title in 2:21:38 on her second appearance.

And Yes Indeed Kenya takes the Boston Marathon in 2023.

Adongo Ogony is a Kenyan Human Rights Activist and Writer who lives in Toronto, Canada

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