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Kenyan Becomes First Woman to Capture Four Boston Marathon Titles

Catherine Ndereba
Defending champion Catherine Ndereba of Kenya has become the first woman to capture four Boston Marathon titles, while Ethiopia's Hailu Negussie won the men's division at the 109th edition of the world's oldest annual marathon.

Ndereba pulled away from Ethiopia's Elfenesh Alemu to win Monday's race in a time of two hours, 25 minutes and 13 seconds. Alemu finished one minute and 50 seconds back while Bruna Genovese of Italy took third place (2:29:51).

Men's winner Hailu Negussie crossed the finish line two hours, 11 minutes and 24 seconds. He is the first non-Kenyan to win the men's race since 2001 and the first Ethiopian to wear the laurel wreath since 1989. Wilson Onsare of Kenya was 36 seconds back in second place, while his countryman, Benson Cherono, was third (2:12:48).

Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa won his fifth consecutive wheelchair race. He finished in one hour, 24 minutes and 11 seconds to become the first man to win five Boston wheelchair races in a row. Cheri Blauwet of the United States also repeated in the wheelchair division, winning in one hour, 45 minutes and 45 seconds.

A field of over 20,000 runners took part in the race. Conditions were quite warm, with the temperature at the starting line 28.5 degrees celsius.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.