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111th Boston Marathon, April 16, 2007

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Cheruiyot and Grigoryeva Win Boston Marathon

BOSTON Apr 16, 2007 (AP)— Russia's Lidiya Grigoryeva won the women's race at the Boston Marathon on Monday, fighting through the remnants of a soaking nor'easter to finish in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 29 minutes, 18 seconds.

Grigoryeva, who set the course record in Los Angeles last year, veered to the stands to grab a Russian flag just before crossing the finish line to win by 40 seconds and claim the $100,000 first prize.

Grigoryeva, Latvia's Jelena Prokopcuka and Mexico's Madai Perez ran shoulder to shoulder into a headwind for much of the last nine miles before Perez and then Prokopcuka fell back as they crossed the Massachusetts Tunrpike and headed into Kenmore Square with a mile to go.

The weather was milder than forecasters had feared 52 mph with a moderate rain at the start and the sun even came out halfway through. But winds picked up as the three women turned onto Beacon Street in Cleveland Circle for the last, long homestretch to Copley Square.

The women ran together in a lead pack of seven for the first half of the race before several, including Jeptoo and top American Deena Kastor, began to fall behind. Kastor slowed just past the midpoint, and Jeptoo at the 17-mile mark, heading into the Newton hills.

The two-time defending champion of the New York City Marathon, Prokopcuka was second to Kenya's Rita Jeptoo in Boston last year in the closest finish 10 seconds in the history of the women's race.

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