Hellen Obiri Repeats as Boston Marathon Champion

The Kenyan, who lives in Colorado, ran 2:07 pace for the final 5K of the race


The women’s race played out completely opposite to the men’s race, but it was a thrilling race nonetheless.

Headlining the women’s field was Hellen Obiri, who was returning to Boston with her sights set on defending her title. However, this wouldn’t be smooth sailing, as she was up against one of the deepest fields the Boston Marathon has ever seen.

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The race featured eleven women with personal bests under 2:20, including the likes of Tadu Teshome (2:17:36) and veteran Edna Kiplagat (2:19:50). The American contingent was strong, including Emma Bates, who placed fifth at the 2023 Boston Marathon, and Des Linden, 2018 champion and a veteran of the course making her 11th appearance.

Throughout the race, a pack of 18-20 women stayed together, running as one. However, Emma Bates, although not straying from the group, took advantage of her experience. By straying from the group to run the tangents, she often found herself a few meters ahead of the group without putting forth any extra effort.

No one was willing to show their cards early in the race, and it wasn’t until defending champion Hellen Obiri dropped the hammer in the final 5K. 

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Showing no mercy, Obiri showcased her track speed as she surged away from her competitiors. Crossing the line in 2:22:37, Obiri reclaimed her crown in Boston and continued her Majors victory streak, which is now set at three.

Following just eight seconds behind was Sharon Lokedi, clocking 2:22:45. Veteran runner Edna Kiplagat showed that age is just a number as she secured third place in 2:23:21.

Women’s Top 10 Results

Hellen Obiri12:22:37
Sharon Lokedi22:22:45
Edna Kiplagat32:23:21
Buze Diriba42:24:04
Senbere Teferi52:24:04
May Ngugi62:24:24
Workenesh Edesa72:24:47
Fatima Gardadi82:24:53
Tiruye Mesfin92:24:58
Dera Dida102:25:16
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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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