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Defending champions Kiplagat, Kirui to run Boston Marathon

Edna Kiplagat (left) and Geoffrey Kirui celebrated after winning the Boston Marathon in 2017.
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Edna Kiplagat (left) and Geoffrey Kirui celebrated after winning the Boston Marathon in 2017.

Defending champions Edna Kiplagat and Geoffrey Kirui will return to run the 2018 Boston Marathon, race sponsor John Hancock announced Wednesday.

Kiplagat is a two-time IAAF World Championships gold medalist, as well as a London and New York City marathon champion. In her Boston debut last April, she ran the fourth-fastest women’s winning time in the history of the race: 2 hours, 21 minutes, 52 seconds.

“I am so happy to accept the invitation from John Hancock to return to Boston next year as the defending champion of this historic race,” said Kiplagat.

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Last year, Kirui prevailed against a deep international field in his Boston debut, outlasting American Galen Rupp to become the first Kenyan winner since 2012. He went on to take the gold medal at the World Championships.

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“2017 was a wonderful year for me with winning both Boston and the World Championships,” said Kirui. “I’m happy to return to Boston to defend my title. The tremendous atmosphere, the great history and legendary course all suit me very well.”

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