On Monday, the defending champion Evans Chebet swept to back-to-back triumphs in the Boston Marathon, depriving Eliud Kipchoge of the opportunity to add another significant marathon victory to his resume.
2022 champion Chebet of Kenya took his time in the wet and windy circumstances before sprinting away in the closing stages to win the Boston title for the first time since compatriot Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot achieved a triple treble of victories between 2006 and 2008.
Tanzanian Gabriel Geay came in second place with a time of 2:06:04, and Kenyan Benson Kipruto took third place with a time of 2:06:04.
Kipchoge, a two-time Olympic winner and holder of the world record, finished in sixth place in 2:09:23, about three and a half minutes behind Chebet. He had been attempting to add the Boston title to his triumphs in Berlin, Tokyo, London, and Chicago.
Kipchoge had appeared to be in excellent shape throughout the early going, coolly leading a pack of 10 runners over the halfway point in 1:02:19.
After about 16 kilometers, the leading group began to break apart, but the Kenyan icon still appeared to be in command. The pace quickened as the uneven Boston route descended.
But at mile 19, Geay made a move that proved to be enormous and shattered Kipchoge’s resistance, altering the course of the race.
As the pack gave chase to Geay, the world record-holder was rapidly left behind and was soon nearly 100 meters off the pace.
Geay remained in the lead through 24 miles in a leading trio alongside Chebet and Kipruto.
But Chebet and Kipruto kicked on in the final two miles and Chebet led with a mile to go before pulling away to retain his crown.
Geay staged a late rally to take second from Kipruto.