Kiprono, Smith win at Boston Half Marathon
BOSTON -- Kenya's Allan Kiprono wasn't even sure how he'd feel after sustaining a hamstring injury at the Boston 10K four months ago.
He certainly proved he was fully healed by going out and setting an event record with a time of 1 hour, 1 minute, 44 seconds to win the 12th Boston Half Marathon on Sunday.
Kim Smith won the women's title with a time of 1:10:57.
By winning the Half, Kiprono and Smith also collected $100,000 prizes for the best overall combined times in a three-race series that features the Boston 5K and 10Ks, run earlier this year.
"I took (only) one month training for this race because I was injured with my hamstring," he said. "I was not expecting to win. But then at the five mile, I was like, `I'm OK."
The 22-year-old Kiprono outlasted countryman Lani Rutto, his training partner, in a race that's run through Boston's Emerald Necklace park system and starts and ends in Franklin Park, one of the oldest in America.
"I was happy my training mate was in front," the 23-year old Rutto said.
Rutto, who finished in 1:01:55, even looked excited when asked what it felt like to see his running partner grab the big check.
"I'm happy," he said, breaking into a smile. "But it's my training mate. He's like my brother."
Smith, who finished 15th in the marathon for New Zealand at the 2012 London Olympics, lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
"I had a week off after the Olympics and slowly got into it," she said. "I had to get back into the training quicker than I normally would after a marathon, but luckily my legs felt good."
She entered the day with a 16 second lead in the three-race medley over Aheza Kiros, of Ethiopia, who finished second in 1:12:50.
"My coach told me to just sit back and relax," the 30-year old Smith said. "She was the one that had to get ahead of me because I was 16 seconds ahead."
Smith plans to run the upcoming New York City Marathon.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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