BOSTON — The rightful winner of the 2014 women's race — Buzunesh Deba — is finally getting her due.
Race organizers formally declared the 29-year-old Ethiopian the 2014 champion on Monday, two months after Kenyan rival Rita Jeptoo was stripped of the title and banned from international competition for four years for doping.
Sweetening the bitterness of her ordeal, Deba also was recognized as the current course record-holder. Her blistering finish of 2 hours, 19 minutes, 59 seconds made it the fastest women's race in Boston's 121-year history, besting the previous mark of 2:20:43 set in 2002 by Margaret Okayo of Kenya.
"I feel great and really happy...