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.