Edna Kiplagat of Kenya wins women's title in Boston Marathon

Edna Kiplagat of Kenya won her first Boston Marathon title, pulling away from the women's lead pack at around mile 20.

She finished in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 52 seconds on a sunny and warm Patriots Day after running the last several miles by herself.

At mile 20, Kiplagat had a split of 5:01 for her last mile.

Kiplagat, 37, has won marathons in London, New York and Los Angeles and two IAAF world championships. In the London Marathon in 2012, she broke 2:20, finishing second in 2:19:50. She is a police woman in Iten, Kenya, according to her race bio.

She broke away from a pack that included Jordan Hasay of the United States, who is making her marathon debut. Hasay was third behind Rose Chelimo of Bahrain in 2:23. Hasay has the fastest time by an American woman in a debut marathon.

American Desi Linden was part of the lead pack midway through the race but fell back shortly before Kiplagat made a push. Linden, a two-time Olympian, finished second in Boston in 2011.

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