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'Vegas Strong' runners preparing for Boston Marathon

'Vegas Strong' runners preparing for Boston Marathon

Lisa Larsen Weidenbach was the last USA woman to win this race, in 1985, but a group of highly talented home runners may find the way to amend that record against an global field whose most obvious contender is Kenya's defending champion Edna Kiplagat.

Not since Joan Benoit and Greg Meyer took the crowns in 1983 have Americans taken both the women's and men's titles in the famed 26.2-mile showdown over the streets of Boston.The feat will require the dethroning of two defending champions from Kenya - Geoffrey Kirui, whose 2017 winning time of 2hrs 9min 37sec was 21 seconds ahead of runner-up Rupp, and Edna Kiplagat, who cruised to last year's crown.

The 2018 race will be the 122nd edition of the world's oldest annual marathon.

General view of the pack of elite women near the start of the 2017 Boston Marathon.

There also will be huge interest in the performance of an American 10 years Flanagan's junior - Jordan Hasey, who ran her first marathon in Boston last year, finishing third in 2 hours 23min 00sec, the fastest debut by an American woman by nearly three minutes.

For all the impact made by Hasey in recent months, she was soundly beaten over 15 kilometres recently by Molly Huddle.

Captain Truchard says he's looking forward to running alongside those who are not only Vegas Strong, but also Boston Strong.

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The run will be noticeably different for him this year.

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Hasay, New York City Marathon victor Shalane Flanagan and fellow Americans Desiree Linden and Molly Huddle had been expected to challenge Kenyan defending champion Edna Kiplagat to end the nation's 33-year wait for a home victor in the women's race.

Meanwhile, Kirui aims to repeat last year's success.

Security at the marathon was heightened after the bombings, police say they are ready for Monday's race.

Men's victor Geoffrey Kirui running the 2017 Boston Marathon in Nike.


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