Unbelievable sprint to win the Boston Marathon

Tanya Simon
April 16, 2019

Degefa's only other marathon experience might have been on the flat roads of Dubai, but the 28-year-old - whose PB of 2:17:41 from January puts her fourth on the world all-time list - wasn't put off by Boston's hills.

Running his first Boston Marathon, Lawrence Cherono of Kenya won the men's competition in the closest finish in the men's race since 1988. A mere two seconds separated Cherono and Desisa, who went step-for-step during the final stretch before the former crossed the finish line a few steps ahead of the runner-up.

Linden finished in 2 hours, 27 minutes, almost 13 minutes faster than when she battled through icy rain to win in 2018.

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On the men's side, Fauble completed the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 9 seconds. He placed 20th in his age group and 238th overall.

Shiloh Schulte of Kennebunk and Meg Brockett of Portland were the fastest ME runners in Monday's 123rd Boston Marathon.

Kipkemoi was third in 2:08:07, while Kenya's Felix Kandie was fourth in 2:08:54 and Kirui fifth in 2:08:55.

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