Marathon Winner Started Fast, Never Let Up

Ethiopia's Sisay Lemma wins men's race; Kenya's Hellen Obiri is top woman
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 15, 2024 12:29 PM CDT
He Started Fast, Never Let Up
Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia celebrates winning the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, 2024.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Another Boston Marathon is in the books, and the AP has results:

  • Men's race: Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia set a blistering pace and held on to win Monday, running alone through most of the course to finish in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 17 seconds—the 10th fastest time in the race's 128-year history. Fellow Ethiopian Mohamed Esa closed the gap through the last few miles, finishing second by 41 seconds; two-time defending champion Evans Chebet of Kenya was third. "I decided that I wanted to start fast early," said Lemma, whose victory in London in 2021 was his only other major marathon victory. "I kept the pace and I won."
  • Women's race: Hellen Obiri defended her title in the women's race, outsprinting fellow Kenyan Sharon Lokedi down Boylston Street to win by eight seconds. Obiri is the first woman to win back-to-back Boston Marathons since 2005. On a day when sunshine and temperatures rising into the mid-60s left the runners reaching for water—to drink, and to dump over their heads—Obiri ran with an unusually large lead pack of 15 through Brookline before breaking away.

  • Wheelchair: Switzerland's Marcel Hug righted himself after crashing into a barrier when he took a turn too fast and still coasted to a course record in the men's wheelchair race. It was his seventh Boston win and his 14th straight major marathon victory. Hug finished in 1:15:33, winning by 5:04 and breaking his previous course record by 1:33. Britain's Eden Rainbow-Cooper, 22, won the women's wheelchair race in 1:35:11 for her first major marathon victory; she is the third-youngest woman to win the Boston wheelchair race.
(More Boston Marathon stories.)

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