Kenyans sweep men's and women's titles in Boston Marathon

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If Jordan Hasay was searching for signs that her mother was with her Monday, if she was looking for some strength to lift her in her first marathon, she got it on her first trip to a water station. Last year, he finished the Boston Marathon in under 6 hours.

Speaking to ESPN, Switzer's story begins in her childhood home shortly before attending high school.

When Switzer completed the 26-mile trial, Briggs insisted she sign up officially. "We had some hard conversations this year after I didn't do well on the track and we even thought that maybe the Oregon Project isn't working for me, but thankfully I moved to the roads and it's working out", she said. Rupp, also running his first Boston, trailed by 21 seconds.

The run in made Kathrine think for a split second about quitting the race, but she chose to press on. It sent a message to the world that women were just as capable of running long distances as men. The 70-year-old marked the 50th anniversary of becoming the first registered woman to compete in the marathon, CNN reported.

Half a century later, Switzer was given the 261 as a bid number to run and her celebrated number was otherwise retired.

Switzer was ready to run the Boston Marathon, coach Briggs was ready to support her - but the world wasn't.

It was a victory lap of sorts for Keflezighi, 41, running in his final Boston Marathon (he says he's retiring after the New York City Marathon in November) and finishing 13th in 2:17:00 after hanging with the lead pack for 11 miles.

"He put in several surges and I was able to cover a few of them", Rupp told reporters after the race. She realized at Heartbreak Hill that she wanted to create more opportunities like this for women. The disappointment forced Hasay to rethink her running goals.

It was the first time since 1991 that two US women had finished in the top four, with Desi Linden placing fourth.

Switzer wore number 261 in the 1967 marathon and on Monday, she wore the same.

"It now gives me another attempt for a third World title in London this year", said Kiplagat, who hopes to make the team for the London World Championships. "I was serious about my running and I could not let fear stop me", she said.

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