Canadian runner Reid Coolsaet, 38, placed ninth in one of the most memorable Boston marathons ever. His time was 2:25:02.

Not far in front of him, in a race in which defending champion Geoffrey Kirui held a commanding lead for many kilometres, maverick Japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi surprised the world as he left the tiring Kenyan behind.

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Coolsaet’s performance is particularly noteworthy considering he was sidelined with a foot injury for most of last year. He had a condition called osteonecrosis (also referred to as avascular necrosis), possibly resulting from overuse. After several months’ rest was back in form to compete at the Canadian Cross Country championships in Kingston, Ont. in November. This was Coolsaet’s first time racing Boston.

Fellow Canadian Krista DuChene came third in the women’s race, a spectacular result, especially given that, at 41, she is also master’s-level runner.

Coolsaet is the second-fastest-ever Canadian marathoner in history, with a personal best of 2:10:28 from the 2015 Berlin Marathon.

Eric Gillis of Antigonish, N.S., dropped out late in the race, along with a number of elites including American Galen Rupp, who was considered a major contender.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story indicated that Coolsaet raced the 2017 World Cross-Country Championships, when in fact he raced the Canadian Cross-Country Championships. Also, he ran his personal best of 2:10:28, and not 2:10:55, in Berlin in 2015, not Fukuoka in 2016.

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