Published on April 20,2014
Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa claimed the Boston Marathon title Monday, winning his second crown in three years on the eve of the sentencing hearing for convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Desisa won the 26-mile (42-kilometre) race in a time of two hours, nine minutes and 17 seconds, finishing more than a half a minute ahead of runner-up and Ethiopian compatriot Yemane Adhane Tsegay who clocked 2hr:09.48.
“Boston is my second home,” Desisa said.
Caroline Rotich of Kenya won the women’s title in a time of 2hr 24.55 in a race run under windy and wet conditions.
Running and remembrance shared the stage of the 119th Boston Marathon this year as Desisa also won in 2013, the same year bombs killed three, injured over 250 and forever changed the historic race.