Elite men, bulk of field start Boston Marathon

Women haven't exactly crossed the finish line when it comes to gender equality, but we've certainly come a long way since Kathrine Switzer first hit the pavement at the Boston Marathon.

A 20-year-old Syracuse University journalism student made history in 1967 by becoming the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon.

Hayle gave Ethiopia its first-ever sweep previous year when he pulled away from countryman and two-time champion (2013, 2015) Lelisa Desisa with about a mile to go to join Baysa on the victory stand.

Kirui outran Galen Rupp of the U.S.in an unofficial time of 2:09.36. Rupp was 21 seconds back, and Japan's Suguru Osako 30 seconds behind him. She's rounding mile 23 and spectators at the finish line in Copley Square are already lined up, waiting to cheer on Kiplagat and the rest of the runners. She became an author and TV commentator for the Olympics, World and National championships before returning to marathons at 64.

Rose Chelimo of Bahrain was second today in Boston, 59 seconds behind, and American Jordan Hasay was third in her marathon debut.

Switzer's inaugural Boston Marathon wasn't without its controversy.

Sumgong's drug test was another black eye for Kenyan distance running. In December, Kenyan Rita Jeptoo was stripped of her title for failing a drug test and it was handed instead to Ethiopia's Buzunesh Deba.

Kenya was a year ago admonished by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which accused the country of non-compliance with its anti-doping code.

Kenyan long-distance runner Edna Kiplagat won the Boston Marathon on Monday. This is Hug's third straight Boston Marathon win.

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A tailwind of 13 miles per hour gave the runners a push at the start on Monday.

Time: Race begins at 8:50 a.m.

The race has largely returned to normal four years after two bombs at the finish line in 2013 killed three people and wounded hundreds more.

"I became good friends with Bill Richard and his wife, daughter and son", he said.

Depending on their age group, runners need to get a BQ - short for Boston qualifier - at a previous marathon. Murphy and his network of race sleuths on blog Marathon Investigation identified 15 people who had gained entrance into Boston this year that had no place there, he said.

Hug outpushed 10-time victor Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa down Boylston Street to finish in an unofficial time of 1 hour, 18 minutes, 4 seconds.

The winners' times on the point-to-point Boston course are considered a world best and not a world record because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday.

"Thank you Boston, the City of Boston and John Hancock and the BAA for giving me opportunities", he said.

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