BOSTON — The Japanese Yuki Kawauchi has dominated the last mile to win in front of Geoffrey Kirui in the marathon in Boston, Monday.
The day was marked by cold weather, rain and sustained strong winds.
Kawauchi has reached the finish in 2:15,58. He is the first Japanese to win in Boston since 1987, when Seko Toshihiko has managed the feat. The athlete is 31-year-old won a first race of prestige, although he has won more than 30 marathons, including five in 2017. During major events, he has earned a third-place finish in Tokyo in 2011.
The reigning champion Kirui, of Kenya, finished second in 2:18,20, followed by the American Shadrack Biwott, 2:18,35. The ranks four to six went to Americans.
Francis Davidson has achieved a good performance in these difficult conditions.
Kawauchi has led early in the race before taking a step back, while making several breakthroughs. For the ladies, Ontario’s Krista DuChene finished third. 41 years old, the mother of three children, of Strathroy, near London, has recorded a time of 2:44,20.
American Desiree Linden has prevailed in 2:39:54, giving the United States their first victory since 1985.
Approximately 30 000 people participated in the 122nd edition of the event. The lap times were more modest than usual given the rain persistent, icy, and also the strong wind from the front. The mercury was around the freezing point, while the winds exceeded 50 km/h.
At least a dozen riders from the region were able to be identified on the thousands that took to the start of the Boston Marathon. Francis Davidson, with a time of 3:08,21, has achieved a good time of the day in these appalling conditions, worthy of early discharge in the month of march. Luc from Paris in 3:00,44, has also impressed.
Club Milpat, there was, in particular, Michel Massicotte, Marie-Noelle Roberge, Robert Bellerive, Julie Francoeur, Lise Proulx and Line Lavergne. Among the other athletes in the region, noting the presence of Victor Kokta, Gilles Masson, John Wood, Robert Gervais, Guy Tremblay, Jacques Lupien, Manon Jobin, Julie Jobin and Pierre Ferland.