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Edna Kiplagat, left and Geoffrey Kirui, both of Kenya, hold a trophy together after their victories in the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Kenyans Kirui and Kiplagat won the 121st Boston Marathon


Kenyans Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat -- both running their first Boston Marathon -- won Monday's 121st running of the race. 

Kirui outran three-time U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp, giving Kenya its first men's victory in five years. He finished with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 37 seconds, seizing the $150,000 first-place prize. 

Rupp was just 21 seconds behind Kirui and Japan's Suguru Osako was 30 seconds behind him. Americans grabbed six of the top ten men's spots. 

"It's a real exciting time," Rupp, who was also making his Boston debut told reporters. "And it's awesome to see American distance running on the upswing and being competitive in these races."

Kiplagat won the women's race with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 21 minutes and 52 seconds. She was able to pull ahead of Rose Chelimo of Bahrain to win by 59 seconds. 

American Jordan Hasay, who also made her Boston debut, finished third. Americans were able to grab two of the top four women's spots.

City officials announced Monday plans for memorials to be placed at the sites where two bombs exploded during the 2013 Boston Marathon. Sculptor Pablo Eduardo was picked to create the memorials. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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