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Rita Jeptoo eager to defend title

Updated: April 18, 2014, 3:18 PM ET
By Jack McCluskey | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- At first, Rita Jeptoo didn't want to come back.

After the deadly attacks that marred the finish of the 2013 Boston Marathon, the Kenyan said she might not return to defend her title this year. It was too scary, she said, the psychological baggage of bombs going off just hours after she'd won her second Boston too heavy to shoulder.

But time is a great healer, and Jeptoo ultimately decided she would return and defend her title.

"For the last year, it's not ...

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