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African News: Kenyans rule in Beantown Black Habits Articles Africans win in both genders at marathon

The Kenyan national anthem got its annual airplay yesterday after another Boston Marathon sweep.

It was the Americans, though, who were boasting of a breakthrough.

Robert Cheruiyot finished in two hours seven minutes 14 seconds to nip the course record by a single second, and Rita Jeptoo won the women’s race for Kenya’s fourth sweep since 2000.

With five American men in the top 10 — including Nos. 3, 4 and 5 — the United States had its best finish since the addition of prize money in 1986 helped bring back the top international fields.

“It’s exciting to see a lot of American guys run well,” said Olympic silver medallist Meb Keflezighi, who was third behind Cheruiyot and Kenya’s Benjamin Maiyo. “The crowd was just phenomenal. When they were chanting, ‘Go USA! Go Meb! Go USA!’ I was like, ‘I’m glad I’m here.’ ”

Nik Southwell of Victoria was the top Canadian on the men’s side, finishing 42nd in 2:31:09 while Montreal’s Leslie Gold was the top Canadian woman in 28th with a time of 2:54:37.

A pair of Canadian wheelchair racers posted top-3 finishes as Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., was second in the women’s race in a time of 1:48:52 while Kelly Smith of Langley, B.C., was third on the men’s side in 1:29:34. CANADIAN PRESS
Posted on Friday, April 21 @ 00:00:00 UTC by jcohen

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