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Kenya's Edna Kiplagat wins women's Boston Marathon

BOSTON, April 17 (Reuters) - Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat produced a Kenyan sweep at theBoston Marathon, winning the men's and women's races on Monday by conquering the race's hilly final miles to establish their dominance.

Kirui finished with an official time of two hours nine minutes and 37 seconds after holding off a challenge by American Galen Rupp in the race's final stretch down Boylston Street, the site of the deadly 2013 bombing attack.

Kiplagat ran alone for the final miles of the race, finishing with an official time of 2:21:52, almost a minute ahead of Bahrain's Rose Chelimo.

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The elite women's runners leave the starting line for the 121st running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, U.S. April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Lisa Hornak
Apr 17, 2017; Hopkinton, MA, USA; The elite men at the start line of the 2017 Boston Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; General view of the pack of elite women near the start of the 2017 Boston Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; A general view as the elite men lead the field in the 2017 Boston Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
The women's wheelchair competitors leave the starting line for the 121st running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, U.S. April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Lisa Hornak
Apr 17, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Marcel Hug and Manuela Schar both from Switzerland celebrate winning the wheelchair divisions 2017 Boston Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
ASHLAND, MA - APRIL 17: A field of elite women's runners make their way along the course during the running of the 121st Boston Marathon in Ashland, MA, April 17, 2017. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 17: Edna Kiplagat of Kenya looks back as she pulls away from the pack during the running of the 121st Boston Marathon in Boston, MA, April 17, 2017. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 17: Edna Kiplagat of Kenya runs the course after pulling away from the pack during the running of the 121st Boston Marathon in Boston, MA, April 17, 2017. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 17: A runner jumps for joy at the start of the Boston Marathon from Hopkinton, Mass. on April. 17, 2017. (Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 17: Wave 1 runners leave the starting line of the 121st Boston Marathon from Hopkinton, Mass., on April. 17, 2017. (Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEWTON, MA - APRIL 17: Kenyan Geoffrey Kirui leads the pack up Heartbreak Hill on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton, MA during the 121st running of the Boston Marathon on Apr. 17, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Apr 17, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Geoffrey Kirui (KEN) and Galen Rupp (USA) race during the 2017 Boston Marathon. Kirui won with a time of 2:09:37. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Geoffrey Kirui runs down Boylston Street towards the finish line of the 2017 Boston Marathon. Kirui won the men's division. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the men?s division of the 121st Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Apr 17, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Geoffrey Kirui crosses the finish line of the 2017 Boston Marathon winning the men's division. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
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American Jordan Hasay came in third in the women's field and Japan's Suguru Osako finished third in the men's race.

Security was high along the course, that begins in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and passes through Boston's suburbs to the finish line on Boylston Street, where a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers in 2013 set off two homemade bombs, killing three people and injuring more than 200.

Tens of thousands of people packed the streets for Boston's largest sporting event, held on the Patriots Day holiday, which commemorates the start of the American Revolution. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Richard Lough and Larry Fine)

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Larry Fine)

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