Wounded vet running Boston Marathon carries race partner across finish line

An accomplished artist and sculptor Gibb is now working on a new goal to create and the first likeness of a woman runner to the existing statues along Boston's Marathon's course

An accomplished artist and sculptor Gibb is now working on a new goal to create and the first likeness of a woman runner to the existing statues along Boston's Marathon's course

American Jordan Hasay, making her debut at the distance, was third and Desi Linden was fourth - the first time since 1991 that two USA women have finished in the top four.

On Monday, Switzer, now 70, ran the Boston race for the ninth time, finishing under the qualifying time at 4 hours, 44 minutes and 31 seconds with an average mile of 10:51, according to CNN. She placed 1,374th out of 26,411 overall. "We have the podium for both men and women, so the future is great".

Kathrine Switzer, the first official woman entrant in the Boston Marathon 50 years ago, laughs during a news conference, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Boston, where her bib No. 261 was retired in her honor by the Boston Athleti.

Jordan Hasay, racing her first ever marathon, finished third, and fellow American Desi Linden was fourth.

Runners crowded into the Public Garden and Boston Common after they finished racing, where many met up with their personal fans and spectators to celebrate their incredible feats.

"I felt really blessed to have her out there running every step with me and that gives me a lot of strength in the marathon and is what helped me get through the distance", she says. And so I think about that along the run. She won the New York City marathon in 1974.

The warm temperatures that hit 79 degrees at the 20-kilometer mark in Natick slowed the runners, but the strong tailwind was a boost - especially in the wheelchair races. Rupp, also running his first Boston, trailed by 21 seconds.

At the point where she was once confronted by that race official, she posted a Facebook Live video - smiling as she ran, with her bib number, 261, pinned safely in place.

"The wind is so important", Hug said. "Everything was fantastic today".

Race winners were officially awarded Monday evening at Fenway Park.

Some runners enter the marathon with the intent to win against others, but many athletes aim to compete against themselves, beating their best times or pushing themselves just to complete it.

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