Though the marathon is the longest distance event on the Olympic program, for Galen Rupp, his marathon career is progressing at warp speed.
In February 2016, he competed in his first-ever marathon at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which he won to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In Rio, he competed in his second marathon, winning bronze.
The storied Boston Marathon was the third of Rupp’s career. Though he led from miles 18-22, he was overtaken by eventual winner Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya at mile 24. Kirui finished in 2:09:37, with Rupp coming in just behind in 2:09:58 to take second place. Japan’s Suguru Osako came in at 2:10:28 to round out the top three.
"It lived up to, and exceeded, all of my expectations,” Rupp told NBC of making his Boston Marathon debut.
Shadrack Biwott placed fourth for the U.S. with a time of 2:12:08, followed by four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman in sixth (2:12:45), Augustus Maiyo in seventh (2:13:16), Luke Puskedra in ninth (2:14:45), Jared Ward in 10th (2:15:28) and Sean Quigley in 11th (2:15:34).
Running in his final Boston Marathon before retiring from elite racing in November, four-time Olympian and Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi finished 13th in 2:17:00. After completing his race, Keflezighi remained near the finish, high-fiving other runners as they came down Boylston Street. Keflezighi memorably won the race in 2014, the year following the marathon bombing.
"The crowd was phenomenal,” Keflezighi told NBC. “It was the thrill of a lifetime again."
In the women’s race, Team USA was led by Jordan Hasay in her marathon debut. She finished third in the fastest marathon debut time in U.S. history, clocking in at 2:23:00. Edna Kiplagat of Kenya became the second-oldest women’s winner in the race’s history at 37 years old, finishing in 2:21:52. Rose Chelimo of Burundi finished second in 2:22:51. Two-time Olympian Desiree Linden finished fourth in 2:25:06.
“All you got, is all you got. That was everything,” Linden tweeted after the race. “Thanks for all the love leading up to this, you can't top the running community.”
Rupp and Hasay’s finishes are the best combined placements for a U.S. man and woman since 1985, when Gary Tuttle placed second and Lisa Larsen Weidenbach took the title.
In the women’s wheelchair race, Amanda McGrory placed second for the U.S. with a time of 1:33:13. The three-time Paralympian won the Tokyo Marathon in February and took bronze at the Paralympic Games in Rio. Manuela Schar of Switzerland took the title in 1:28:17 while Susannah Scaroni was just a hair behind McGrory in 1:33:17 for third.
Tatyana McFadden, the four-time reigning Boston Marathon champion, came in fourth in 1:35:05 to break her streak of four consecutive major marathon sweeps. McFadden had skipped the Tokyo Marathon to have several surgeries for blood clots in her legs.
In the men’s wheelchair division, the top U.S. finishers were Josh George in sixth (1:21:47) and Aaron Pike in seventh (1:22:09).