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Boston Marathon winners divided on returning

She is home now in the heart of Africa, a reigning Boston Marathon champion with an olive wreath and a new fear of the city that 11 days ago cheered her before the earth shook.

Rita Jeptoo has experienced too much violence, she said by phone Thursday from her mountain valley home in Kenya. Five years ago, she abandoned her early-morning training on the dark roads of western Kenya after two world-class runners were murdered in a spasm of sectarian violence that rocked the region.

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