Boston Marathon 2019: Lawrence Cherono wins men's race in photo finish, Worknesh Degefa dominates women's elite race
Degefa finished over a minute in front of the second-place finisher
The weather could be better, but the results at Boston Marathon were as exciting as possible. Lawrence Cherono from Kenya won the men's race in an absolute thriller by just a second after an amazing final push. He registered an unofficial final mile of 4:30, and it was still just barely enough. Cherono edged out one of the frontrunners, Lelisa Desisa, in the final stretch, logging a final time of 2:07:57. Desisa's time was 2:07:59.
Here's the photo finish.
Kenneth Kipkemoi ended in third, capping a strong showing for Kenya on the podium. He's the second Kenyan to win in the past three years, and for Desisa it was mere moments away from being his third Boston Marathon victory.
Worknesh Degefa won the women's division of the Boston Marathon in rather dominant fashion. Degefa, an Ethiopian runner, finished with an unofficial time of 2:23:29. Running her first ever Boston Marathon, Degefa unseated the defending champion, American runner Des Linden.
Edna Kiplagat made a strong push in the latter part of the race, but Degefa's lead, which she jumped out to early, ultimately proved to be too much to overcome. Degefa ran solo for a significant part of the race but never lost her pace. She finished with sub-six-minute splits, and as a result paced the pack for nearly the entire race despite the challenging -- and unfamiliar terrain -- in less than ideal conditions.
Linden unofficially finished at 2:27:00, nearly 13 minutes better than last year's time, but the field came out on top.
2019 Boston Marathon
- Watch: NBC Sports Network | CBS Boston
- Stream: CBSBoston.com
- Location: Boston, Massachusetts
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