Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir outlasts Ababel Yeshaneh in Boston Marathon

Peres Jepchirchir won the 126th Boston Marathon.(Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

The 2022 Boston Marathon was a fight to the finish for the women’s title, with Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir and Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh trading the lead back and forth. Jepchirchir pulled ahead on the final block to finish in an unofficial time of 2:21.02.

Yeshaneh finished second in an unofficial time of 2:21.06.

It was Jepchirchir’s Boston Marathon debut after she won the New York City Marathon in 2021 with a time of 2:22.39. She’s also the reigning Olympic gold medalist, and last year she became the first person to win both an Olympic gold and the New York City Marathon in the same year.

With her win Monday, she became the first athlete to ever win an Olympic marathon gold medal, New York City Marathon title and Boston Marathon title.

Kenyan Mary Ngugi finished third in an unofficial time of 2:21.31. The first American runner to finish, Nell Rojas, was 10th with an unofficial time of 2:25.57.

The Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist, Molly Seidel, dropped out of the race between the 25 and 30K mark, per the Boston Athletic Association. She had been the top American runner at the 15K mark.