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Rita Jeptoo defends women’s title

Rita Jeptoo’s objective in the first 19 miles of her record victory in the 118th running of the Boston Marathon was, quite simply, to survive the test that Shalane Flanagan threw at her.

“She was . . . she was tough,’’ Jeptoo said, saluting Flanagan, the Marblehead native, for the blistering course-record pace she set from the start.

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