All of Robert Cheruiyot's woes -- the poverty of his youth, the near exile by his family, the tribal wars that led him to leave his training base in Kenya in January and February for five weeks -- were pushed aside Monday when he made history. In a sport his countrymen have dominated here for almost two decades, he became the first Kenyan man to win the Boston Marathon four times.
For much of the race, Cheruiyot, 29, seemed on the way to a course record. But with no one to push him, he slowed toward the end. As he ran the final blocks, he glanced at his watch six times and finally realized that his 2006 course record of 2 hours 7 minutes 14 seconds was safe.
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