It was another pulsating Boston Marathon on Apr. 18, with over 30,000 competitors aiming to complete 26.2 grueling miles in the big race. But who came out on top in the men’s and women’s groups? Find out the winners right here!
What a race! The Boston Marathon was thrilling this year, with over 30,000 runners jostling to be number one in the pack in both the men’s and women’s groups. It kept us guessing all the way till the end who was going to win, but now we know! Click down to see the winners!
So, it was a beautiful day in Boston, with temperatures hitting the 70 degrees mark, which was comfortable for the runners and 500,000 plus spectators on hand enjoying their day in the sun. But, seeing as this is a race and there can only be one winner, who won?
Lemi Berhanu Hayle, 21, of Ethiopia won the men’s race with an official time of 2 hours, 12 minutes and 33 seconds, according to Sports Illustrated. Lemi defeated close to 30,000 winners who participated in this’s year’s race. Lemi made a late comeback to surpass fellow Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, 26, by a minute.
What’s even more amazing was Atsede Baysa’s win. The 29-year-old took the race for the women, becoming the first non-Kenyan woman to win the Boston Marathon in five years. The Ethiopian champ was trailing the race during the final five miles, but found the energy to race past Ethiopian Tirfi Tsegaye, 31, winning the race by just a mere 43 seconds. Yemane Adhane Tsegay, 31, finished third in the Men’s race, rounding out an all-Ethiopian top three. Joyce Chepkirui, 27, was the only non-Ethiopian runner to medal in this race, per ESPN, as she finished third in the women’s race.
Last year, Ethiopian long-distance runner and two-time champion Lelisa Desisa won the men’s race, clocking in at 2:09:17. In the women’s race, American Desiree Linden led the women’s group, finishing the race in an incredible time of 2:25;39.
It really was great to see such a wonderful turnout for the Boston Marathon, and despite that horrific terrorist attack of 2013, runners and spectators stood firm to attend. Well done, everybody!
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