Boston Marathon: The exclusive club of three-time winners Evans Chebet is seeking to join


Boston Marathon: The exclusive club of three-time winners Evans Chebet is seeking to join

Festus Chuma 16:36 - 14.04.2024

Kenya's Evans Chebet is aiming to join elite runners who won the Boston Marathon three times consecutively.

Boston Marathon has been a prestigious stage for countless runners but only a select few have managed to dominate it consistently enough to win three consecutive times. 

As Evans Chebet seeks to join this exclusive club, it is worth revisiting the accomplishments of those who have already carved their names into marathon history.

Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot

Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya is one of the most recent entrants in this elite group. 

Winning the marathon in 2006, 2007, and 2008, Cheruiyot showcased his exceptional endurance and strategy in each race. 

His record time of 2:07:14 in 2006 was a testament to his prowess and understanding of the Boston course which is known for its challenging hills and variable weather conditions.

Cosmas Ndeti

Before Cheruiyot, another Kenyan, Cosmas Ndeti, had his name etched in the history books. 

Ndeti's reign from 1993 to 1995 was marked by incredible consistency and fortitude. His fastest Boston Marathon, a stunning 2:07:15 in 1994, remains one of the highlights of his career. 

Ndeti's style was characterized by a patient approach, often making decisive moves late in the race to secure his victories.

Bill Rodgers

American runner Bill Rodgers, affectionately known as "Boston Billy," won the marathon from 1978 to 1980.

 Rodgers was a fan favorite, known for his spirited runs and deep connection with the Boston crowd.

His best time in these victories was 2:09:27, achieved during his 1979 triumph. Rodgers’ ability to perform under pressure was evident as he not only won these three but also claimed victory in 1975.

Clarence DeMar

Going further back in history, Clarence H. DeMar stands out as the original marathon man with his three consecutive wins from 1922 to 1924. 

DeMar's approach to marathon running was revolutionary at his time, focusing on long-term health and meticulous preparation. 

His legacy is not just in his victories but in his contribution to running as a popular sport and his longevity in competitive racing, participating in the Boston Marathon a remarkable seven times.

As the 128th Boston Marathon approaches, all eyes will be on Evans Chebet as he attempts to add his name alongside these legendary athletes. 

Chebet’s recent performances, including victories in New York and prior Boston Marathons highlight his capability to register his third win.

However, he faces stiff competition from other elite runners such as Sisay Lemma, who boasts the fastest personal best in the field.

The challenge for Chebet is immense reflecting the spirit of the Boston Marathon itself—a race famous not just for its physical demands but also for the mental toughness it requires.

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