Latvian couple runs well in Boston Marathon

A husband and wife from Jūrmala, Latvia, both earned top spots in the 108th running of the Boston Marathon on April 19, according to official results.

Jeļena Prokopčuka, 27, finished 23rd overall, but was fourth among all female runners. Her official time was 2:30:16. She also was fourth in her division, according to results posted on the Boston Marathon’s Web site.

Her husband, 36-year-old Alexander Prokopčuks, finished 11th overall with an official time of 2:23:48. He also was ninth in his division.

The 26-mile (42-kilometer) course was won by runners from Kenya. Timothy Cherigat won the men’s open race with an official time of 2:10:37, while Catherine Ndereba won the women’s open in 2:24:27.

The Boston Marathon is organized by the Boston Athletic Association.

According to the magazine Runner’s World, Prokopčuks holds the record for the best time by a runner from Latvia, finishing in a time of 2:15:56 in the 1995 marathon in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The 14th running of the Rīga Marathon is scheduled May 15, beginning at noon at the Freedom Monument in downtown Rīga. Further information about the marathon is available from runner and statistician Gunārs Akerbergs’ Web site

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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