By Claire Felter
BU News Serivice
Following the race, the top finishing athletes made their way to the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel for a post-race press conference. While Kenyan runner Rita Jeptoo defended her title as women’s champion for the second year in a row, attention at the press conference was focused on American Shalane Flanagan, who finished in sixth place.
When asked about the difficulties of the course, Flanagan responded: “I don’t wish it were easier, I just wish I was better.”
Several reporters brought up the possibility that Flanagan’s heightened pace at the start of the race helped Jeptoo to finish the marathon at a record time of 2:18:57. Jeptoo said that she had not initially planned for that kind of speed.
“The pace today was very, very high. I’m not thinking I expected to run like that today, but she [Shalane] was tough,” Jeptoo said.