Buzunesh Deba was also recognized as the current course record-holder, as her time 2:19:59 made it the fastest women’s race in Boston’s 121-year-old history.

By William J. Kole (Associate Press) |

BOSTON, MA (AP)—Blood, sweat and tears stained the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon, so the next year’s running of America’s most famous footrace was understandably all about redemption.

Now 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, Buzunesh 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-old history, besting the previous mark of 2:20:43 set in 2002 by Margaret Okayo of Kenya.

“I feel great and really happy being named the 2014 Boston Marathon champion, the most prestigious marathon in the world, and I encourage all concerned stakeholders to work on a clean sport,” Buzunesh Deba, who lives in New York City with her husband and coach, Worku Beyi, said in a statement.

It was a long road to victory for Buzunesh Deba.

Her 2014 clocking in Boston was her fastest ever over the 26.2-mile span, and it catapulted her to the top of the sport.

But at the time, all the adulation — to say nothing of the first-prize winnings — went to Jeptoo, who was credited with the win in the first edition of the Boston Marathon since two bombs planted at the finish line killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others.

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