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Monday, April 15, 2013
Rita Jeptoo takes second Boston title

By Peter Vigneron

Rita Jeptoo
Rita Jeptoo won in 2:26:23, more than four seconds off her career best. Shalane Flanagan was fourth.

BOSTON -- Rita Jeptoo, the 2006 Boston Marathon champion who is experiencing a revival of her career after several years away from the top of the sport, won her second Boston Marathon title in 2:26:23 on Monday.

Jeptoo, 30, surged to the front just after Mile 23, leading a pack of three women past mid-race leader Ana Dulce Felix, who had launched a major surge and at one point held a 1:30 advantage over the chase pack.

Meseret Hailu, a young Ethiopian and the 2012 world half-marathon champion, was second in 2:26:56. Defending women's champion Sharon Cherop was third in 2:26:59.

American Shalane Flanagan, a Marblehead, Mass., native who was hoping to become the first American to win at Boston since 1985, finished fourth in 2:27:07. Training partner Kara Goucher was sixth.

Jeptoo got her first win in a major race since taking two years off after having a baby. She is the third straight Kenyan woman to win and 15th East African winner in the last 17 years. is an engaging, informational and interactive endurance destination for athletes of all abilities. With unique editorial features, up-to-the-minute running news, training and nutrition tips from the top running experts in the industry, running gear reviews and exclusive athlete interviews, provides runners with the most robust content available on the Web.