Sport Who Was The Last American Woman To Win The Boston Marathon?

11:23  12 april  2018
11:23  12 april  2018 Source:   Sports Illustrated

Transgender Runners Can Compete in the Boston Marathon as Their Self-Identified Gender, Organizers Affirm

  Transgender Runners Can Compete in the Boston Marathon as Their Self-Identified Gender, Organizers Affirm The Boston Marathon has reiterated its policy that allows transgender runners to compete under their self-identified gender – amid renewed debate among runners. The Boston Athletic Association, which oversees the marathon, told NPR that organizers only ask that runners compete under the same gender identity they declared when they qualified for the marathon. That policy has been in place for “several years,” according to the statement given to NPR. The New York and Chicago marathons have similar policies, NPR reported. “We don’t require that runners outline their gender identity history with us, so we can’t say for certain how many trans runners are in our race. We do know that we have had several transgender runners in the past,” the Boston Athletic Association told NPR. However, runners are required to show a government-issued ID to get an official bib number and, BAA said “We do compare the ID with the person’s qualification-associated gender description.” The Boston Athletic Association told NPR it does not have a specific policy on how it would handle a runner whose gender identity is not the same as the one listed on the government ID. The BAA said it would try to resolve the issue with “a strong emphasis on inclusion.” The issue of transgender runners has become a topic of discussion in the marathon community following an article in Canadian Running magazine about three transgender women who will run the elite race as their identified gender.

Rainsberger has made no secret about her desire to surrender her the label of being the “ last American woman to win Boston .” There are more women who will run in Boston than there are men. It was the second-hottest day in history for the Boston Marathon .

The last American woman to win New York was Miki Gorman, who took consecutive titles in 1976-77. “Way too long,” Flanagan said. She fractured her lower back last winter and missed the Boston Marathon in the spring.

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No American woman has won the Boston Marathon since 1985. This year's women's elite field has a strong chance of ending the drought.

This year's women's elite field includes reigning champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, who looks to become the first woman to win back-to-back Boston Marathon titles since Rita Jeptoo in 2013 and 2014. Jeptoo was later stripped of her 2014 win after she tested positive for EPO. Before Jeptoo, the last back-to-back champion was Catherine Ndereba in 2004 and 2005.

The U.S. women's field for 2018 features Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan, who won the 2017 New York City Marathon. She has run Boston three times and finished as high as fourth. Jordan Hasay looks to improve upon her third place finish from last year and is coming off a 2:20:57 at the Chicago Marathon. Desiree Linden was second in 2011 and consistently races in Boston most years. The pre-race favorite among the Americans appears to be Molly Huddle, who has only run one previous marathon and was third at the 2016 New York City Marathon. American record holder Deena Kastor is also in the field at 45 years old.

Flanagan, Hasay, Huddle and Linden look to become the first woman to win Boston since Lisa Rainsberger broke the tape in 1985. The highest American finish since Rainsberger was the runner-up finish by Linden.

The last American man to win Boston is Meb Keflezighi in 2014.

With little marathon experience, Sarah Sellers stuns running world with Boston finish .
On a day when Des Linden had a breakthrough performance at the Boston Marathon, it was Sarah Sellers, a 26-year-old nurse who lives in Tucson, who shared the spotlight. It was Sellers’ second marathon ever. She won her first, the Huntsville Marathon in her home state of Utah in September, running a time of 2:44:27.More: Desi Linden details 'American pride' that fueled her Boston winMore: Meb Keflezighi runs in memory of 8-year-old victim of Boston bombingsIn Boston, she ran 2:44:04 to finish just more than four minutes behind Linden.

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