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Kenya’s Chebet and Obiri win big at Boston Marathon

Evans Chebet of Kenya successfully defended his title at the 2023 Boston Marathon, finishing the race in two hours, five minutes, and 54 seconds. Chebet took home a cash prize of Sh20 million for his remarkable performance.

Geoffrey Mutai holds the Boston Marathon course record of 2:03:02, which he set in 2011.

Chebet had previously won the marathon in 2022 and managed to repeat his feat at the same venue.

Evans Chebet, 34, of Kenya takes first place in the Men’s race during the 127th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts on April 17, 2023. – 30,239 people are entered to run the 26.2 mile (42.2K) race from a total of 106 countries and all 50 US states. This year also is the 10 year anniversary of the 2013 bombings. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)

He was followed by Tanzania’s Gabriel Geay, who finished the race in 2:06:04, earning a silver medal. Benson Kipruto came in third, recording a time of 2:06:06.

On the women’s side, Hellen Obiri, also from Kenya, took home the top prize, finishing the race in 2:21:38.

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Like Chebet, Obiri earned a cash prize of Sh20 million. The silver medal went to Sutume Asefa Kebede of Ethiopia, who finished in 2:22:14, while the bronze medal went to Joyciline Jepkosgei, also from Kenya, with a time of 2:22:47.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – APRIL 17: Hellen Obiri of Kenya crosses the finish line and takes first place in the professional Women’s Division during the 127th Boston Marathon on April 17, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Maddie Meyer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Notably, twice Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge failed to make the podium, finishing in sixth place.

This was Kipchoge’s first time participating in the Boston Marathon, having won the London Marathon before.

The Boston Marathon is one of the six World Marathon Majors, with a total cash prize of $150,000, equivalent to Sh20 million, for the winners of both the men’s and women’s races.

The silver medalist receives $75,000 (Sh10 million), while the bronze medalist earns $40,000 (Sh5.2 million). The fourth and fifth-place finishers in both the men’s and women’s races receive Sh3.3 million and Sh2.4 million, respectively.

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