Amane Beriso finished a runner-up in the Women’s Boston Marathon as Kenya’s Hellen Obiri triumphed at the World Athletics Platinum Label road race on Monday.
Obiri triumphed over the classic distance five months after making her marathon debut with a sixth-place finish in New York. She clocked 2:21:38 to win the close race decided in the final few minutes.
Amane, who ran the third-fastest marathon in history in December in Valencia finished second in 2:21:50.
Kenyan Lonah Salpeter overtook Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh in the closing stages to claim third place in 2:21:57, three seconds ahead of the Ethiopian.
In the men’s race, Evans Chebet of Kenya successfully defended his title, winning the race at 2:05:54. His finishing time marks the third-fastest ever recorded in the men’s Boston Marathon race.
Tanzanian record-holder Gabriel Geay upstaged Benson Kipruto at closing stages to claim the runner-up spot in 2:06:04, two seconds ahead of the Kenyan.
Eliud Kipchoge, who was the favorite to win the race, failed to achieve his target of taking one step closer to completing his set of World Marathon Majors victories. However, the 38-year-old trailed home in sixth place in 2:09:23. It is only Kipchoge’s third defeat in his previous 18 marathons.