Prokopčuka takes second, again, in Boston marathon

Jeļena Prokopčuka of Latvia, two-time winner of the New York City Marathon, added another impressive entry in her record book by repeating as the second-place finisher in the April 16 Boston Marathon.

Prokopčuka finished 40 seconds behind the winner of the marathon, Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia, who finished the race in a time of 2 hours, 29 minutes and 18 seconds. Last year, Prokopčuka ran a faster race, finishing second in a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes and 48 seconds.

The 30-year-old runner from Jūrmala was neck-in-neck with Grigoryeva for much of the race, according to the marathon’s official Web site run by the Boston Athletic Association, the event’s organizer. According to media reports, Prokopčuka fell behind in just the last mile of the 26-mile race.

The race was run in less than favorable questions as Boston and much of the northeast United States was still feeling the effects of a storm that brought heavy rain and snow to the region.

Winner of the men’s race was Robert K. Cheruiyot of Kenya, for whom this was the third consecutive Boston Marathon victory. His time was 2:14:13, about seven minutes off the course record of 2:07:14 he set last year.

Masazumi Soejima of Japan won the men’s wheelchair marathon, while Wakako Tsuchida of Japan won the women’s event.

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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