Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono, Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa win 2019 Boston Marathon in debuts

Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono, Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa win 2019 Boston Marathon in debuts

Lawrence Cherono of Kenya won the men's 2019 Boston Marathon in his debut, with a time of 2:07:59 on a day that started off with rainy conditions similar to last year but eventually turned humid as the race went on. 

Two-time winner Lelisa Desisa (2:08:00) and Kenneth Kipkemoi (2:08:06) finished second and third. Cherono used a last-second kick to edge Desisa — making for the closest finish to the tape since since 1988. 

Scott Fauble was the first American to cross the finish line in the men's race, finishing in seventh with a time of 2:09:10. Fellow American Jared Ward, who led the elite pack at Mile 11, came in eighth with a 2:09:25. 

#BREAKING: Lawrence Cherono wins the men's Boston Marathon in a sprint. WHAT A FINISH! pic.twitter.com/uI1J6GjEC2

Ethiopia's Worknesh Degefa, debuting in her first women's Boston Marathon, ran a blistering early pace and then held off a chasing Edna Kiplagat of Kenya to win the women's race with a time of 2:23:30 in just her fourth marathon.

The 28-year-old, who holds the Ethipian national record with a 2:17:41, entered the race having only run the relatively flat Dubai Marathon three times.

Degefa handled the course's rigorous Newton Hills well enough to survive thanks to the sizeable lead she built over the elite pack early on.

Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the 2019 Boston Marathon. (Photo: Brian Fluharty, USA TODAY Sports)

Kiplagat (2:24:14) came in second, with American Jordan Hasay (2:25:20) finishing in third place, same as in 2017. Defending champ Des Linden, blowing kisses to the crowd on her 2019 finish, came in fifth with an unofficial time of 2:27:00.

American Daniel Romanchuk was the first winner of the day, claiming the men’s push-rim wheelchair event and becoming the first U.S. winner of the event since 1993. Manuela Schar of Switzerland won the women’s race.

The Boston Marathon was first held in 1897. This year marked the 123rd edition of the event.

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