Boston Marathon Live: Evans Chebet of Kenya wins the men’s race; Results and Updates

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April 18, 2022, 9:22 a.m. ET

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Last summer, Natasha Wodak exceeded her expectations when she rode through slush conditions to place 13th in the women’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympics, finishing not far behind her Canadian teammate Malindi Elmore in ninth place. At the time, Wodak considered the possibility that his run on the streets of Sapporo meant the end of his career. Maybe, she thought, it was a good time to move on. A two-time Olympian, she was months away from turning 40. And his life in sport had been fulfilling.

But when Wodak shared his feelings with Elmore, his plans suddenly changed.

“No, we’ll try to do Paris,” Elmore told him, referring to the 2024 Olympics.

On Monday, Wodak, 40, and Elmore, 42, will be together again, at the start line of the Boston Marathon. Their paths have been intertwined for decades, dating back to when they were teenagers competing for high school championships in British Columbia. Now, these are two of the women proving, once again, that marathon runners of a finer vintage can compete at the highest level.

Besides vying for the Masters division crown for riders over 40, Wodak and Elmore expect to be among the elites, and for good reason. A slew of – how to say? – more experimented runners have been doing great things lately. In January, Sara Hall, now 39, set an American record for the women’s half marathon, while Keira D’Amato, a 37-year-old mother of two, broke the long-standing American record. of the women’s marathon, both in Houston. A few weeks later, Nick Willis, 38, ran a mile in under four minutes for the 20th consecutive year, breaking his own record.

“I think there was this feeling that there was an expiration date, and once you get to that age you move on – especially, in many cases, for women,” said Elmore. “But you don’t necessarily reach your limit at a certain age. And if it’s going well and you’re running well, why stop?

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