Boston Marathon Held under Tight Security
   2014-04-21 23:20:13    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Jiang

Police on bicycles ride the route before the start of the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. [Photo: Jim Rogash/GettyNorthAmerica/CFP] 

Some 36,000 athletes, including Kenyan and Ethiopian runners who are consistently ranked among the world's fastest, posted up at the 118th Boston Marathon starting line on Monday (April 20), putting the world-renown race back in the spotlight after it was marred by last year's bombing attack.

Returning men's and women's champions Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya are among the top-ranked runners competing in the 26.2 mile race.

Racers faced new security restrictions at the event, a reaction to the attack that killed three people and injured 264 when, authorities say, two ethnic Chechen brothers dropped homemade explosives in backpacks at the finish line.

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