Ethiopia's Desisa Wins Boston Marathon

While Rita Jeptoo wins for second time
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2013 12:52 PM CDT
Ethiopia's Desisa Wins Boston Marathon
Rita Jeptoo of Kenya and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia pose with a trophy at the finish line after winning the women's and men's divisions of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The second time was the charm for Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, who won the men's portion of the 117th Boston Marathon today with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 22 seconds, five seconds better than his nearest competitor, Kenya's Micah Kogo. It was Desisa's second time running of the marathon, the AP reports. Meanwhile, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won the women's race by a cool 33 seconds.

Jeptoo has won the marathon once before, back in 2006. In the interim, she took two years off to have a baby. Hiroyuki Yamamoto of Japan won the wheelchair race by an even more impressive 39 seconds. (More Rita Jeptoo stories.)

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