Kenya's Rita Jeptoo wins Boston Marathon again

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Kenya's Rita Jeptoo wins Boston Marathon again
BOSTON - APRIL 21: Meb Keflezighi, of the United States, crosses the finish line to win first place in the men's race of the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., breaks the tape to win the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
BOSTON - APRIL 21: Meb Keflezighi, of the United States, holds up an American flag at the finish line and wears his crown and medal during his victory ceremony after finishing first place in the men's race of the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)(metro)
Rita Jeptoo, of Kenya, bereaks the tape to win the women's division of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Runners make their way to load onto busses ahead of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Runners make their way to load onto busses ahead of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Trent Morrow of Sydney, Australia, also know as “Marathon Man” laughs as Andrea Olivo of Venezuela tugs on his cape as she has her photo made ahead of Monday's 118th Boston Marathon, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Boston. Morrow says Monday's marathon will be his 200th run since Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Tears collect on Ron McCracken's of Dallas cheek as he pays his respects at a makeshift memorial honoring to the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings ahead of Monday's 118th Boston Marathon, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Boston. McCracken's race last year was cut short due to bombings and Monday's race will mark his 14th year running in the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A visitor hangs a message on a tree at the "Dear Boston" exhibit at the Boston Public Library, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Boston. The exhibit features a collection of items from the marathon bombing memorial. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Runners cue to board busses ahead of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Nancy Antos, of Boulder, Colo., displays her bib to run in Monday's 118th Boston Marathon after picking it up Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Boston. Antos was six blocks from the finish line in last year's race, but did not finish when race officials stopped all runners after two bombs exploded near the finish line. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Actor Kevin Spacey applauds Boston Marathon bombing hero Carlos Arredondo at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Tribute Run in Boston, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
High school runners limber up before the Invitational Mile race Saturday, April 19, 2014, in advance of Monday's 118th Boston Marathon in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Doug Julian carries his partner, fellow survivor Lynn Crisci, toward the finish line during the Boston Marathon Tribute Run in Boston, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Chrissie Blevins, of Powhatan, Va., displays her bib to run in Monday's 118th Boston Marathon as she picks it up Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Survivors Erika Brannock, left, and Rebekah Gregory DiMartino, embrace in their wheelchairs as they head to the finish line of the Boston Marathon Tribute Run in Boston, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Elite women runners leave the start line of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Police officers give a rundown of the scene at Wellesley College to a State Police Special Response team before the start of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Wellesley, Mass. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
The 118th Boston Marathon gets underway as the mobility impaired runners leave the start line behind Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Race officials wire the electronics for the start line before the 118th Boston Marathon begins Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Mobility-impaired runners gather at the start line for a moment of silence before the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Meb Keflezighi of the United States, center, runs with eventual winner Geoffrey Mutai, left, of Kenya along 4th Ave. in the Brooklyn borough of New York during the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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BOSTON (AP) -- Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the Boston Marathon title she said she could not enjoy a year ago after the fatal bombings.

Jeptoo finished Monday's race in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds. She becomes the seventh three-time Boston Marathon champion.

Jeptoo broke away from a group of five runners at the 23-mile mark. Buzunesh Deba finished second with an unofficial time of 2:19:59.

American Shalane Flanagan finished fifth after leading for more than half the race. She took a gamble by setting the early pace. She ran her first mile in 5 minutes, 11 seconds, but fell back on the Newton Hills about 21 miles into the race.

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