Vet Carries Woman & Flag Across Boston Marathon Finish Line With Prosthetic Leg

Ross Houston
April 24, 2017

The event was commemorating 50 years of women running the Boston Marathon, honoring the bold move of Switzer, who signed up ambiguously as K.V. Switzer and became the first female to enter.

Still, despite proof that women could clearly complete marathons, the athletic world generally assumed that women "couldn't run and didn't want to run" that far, Switzer says.

Jordan Hasey, with a time of two hours, 23 minutes, posted the fastest run by American woman in her first career marathon, beating the previous mark by almost three minutes.

Women's division victor Edna Kiplagat (L) and men's division victor Geoffrey Kirui, both of Kenya, pose with the trophy at the finish line of the 121st Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., April 17, 2017.

Women were finally officially allowed to enter the Boston Marathon in 1972. "We have the podium for both men and women, so the future is great".


Every year the Boston Marathon is full of inspirational runners, and this year was no exception.

Writing on Facebook after the race, Ms Switzer said: "I finished, like I did 50 years ago".

Switzer donned her original bib number, 261, for the 2017 race. On having heard her name called out by supporters, she said: "I've got to tell you it was one of the most gratifying emotional experiences I've ever had [.] it was a wonderful moment".

The 38-year-old mother of two broke away from Kenyan-born Rose Chelimo of Bahrain with five kilometres to go to win the race on her debut in 2 hours 21 minutes and 53 seconds. Edna Kiplagat won the women's race to complete the Kenyan sweep.

The altercation between Switzer, a marathon official and her boyfriend during the race in 1967.


"He put in several surges and I was able to cover a few of them", Rupp told reporters after the race.

Fans crowded the brief ceremony, hugging and posing afterward for pictures with Switzer, a women's running pioneer. You know, we laugh about it now because it's so amusing when a girl is saved by her burly boyfriend. But.

At the end of the course, a man with a prosthetic leg was seen carrying a woman and the American flag across the finish line.

"It now gives me another attempt for a third World title in London this year", said Kiplagat, who hopes to make the team for the London World Championships.

The winners' times on the point-to-point Boston course are considered a world best and not a world record because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday.


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