Rupp's runner-up finish makes him the highest-placing American since Meb Keflezighi's win in 2014, and the highest-placing American-born man since 1985, when Gary Tuttle of California was runner-up in 2:19.11. The 41-year-old Keflezighi was 13th today in 2:17 after running in the lead pack for 11 miles; he confirmed after the race that this will be his last showing in Boston.
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1. Kirui 2:09:37
2. Rupp (USA) 2:09:58
3. Osako 2:10:28
4. Biwott (USA) 2:12:08
5. Chebet 2:12:35
6. Abdi (USA) 2:12:45
The elite men ran in broad pack of 10-15 athletes through 10 miles, with Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya taking most of the pacing duties as they ran between 5:04 and 4:47 for each mile. The lead group, which included Americans Rupp, Meb and the fellow master's runner, 40-year-old Abdi Abdirahman, passed through 10 miles in 49:11. Kirui materialized for the first time.
2016 Olympian Jared Ward and Luke Puskedra trailed about 10 meters behind; at 11 miles, Keflezighi dropped back towards the American duo.
The group pushed through the half marathon in 1:04:35, with Mutai, Abdirahman and Kirui trading the lead. Abdirahman, who ran his PB of 2:08:56 in 2006, took the lead for miles 14 (4:51) and 15 (5:19). By mile 20, the pack dwindled from 10 men to just three: Abdirahman, Kirui and Rupp. At mile 21, the race was set between Kirui and Rupp, who battled back and forth until Kirui broke the race open at mile 23. Kirui split 4:27 at mile 24, the fastest of the day, to cement an 11-second lead over Rupp that he would hold through the finish.
Check out the mile-by-mile recap of the men's and women's race here.