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Black Woman Makes Sports History With Boston Marathon Win

By Cherranda Smith Black Information Network

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Peres Jepchirchir won the 50th Annual Women’s Boston Marathon on Monday (April 18). Jepchirchir, a Kenyan professional long-distance runner, made history with her latest win, becoming the first athlete ever to win an Olympic gold medal, the NYC Marathon, and the Boston Marathon.

In her running career, Jepchirchir, 28, has won gold during the 2020 Tokyo Games, and finished first in the NYC Marathon one year later in 2021. This year marked Jepchirchir’s first time running the Boston Marathon, beating out Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh and fellow Kenyan Mary Ngugi who came in third along the Boylston Street finish line.

Kenyan runner Evans Chebet won the Men’s Boston Marathon Race while fellow Kenyans Lawrence Cherono and reigning champion Benson Kipurto came in second and third, respectively.

In the Wheelchair Races, Manuela Schar of Switzerland won the women’s race, marking her fourth victory in the event. America’s Daniel Romanchuck won his second title in the Men’s Wheelchair Race.

The April marathon marked a return for the running event for Patriots’ Day since 2019 following Covid-19 pandemic delays.

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