The 123rd Boston Marathon ended with a sprint to the tape Monday, as Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono edged Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa by two seconds in one of the closest finishes in the event’s history.
Cherono outkicked Desisa in the final steps of the 26.2-mile race, winning in his Boston Marathon debut in 2:07:57. Desisa was denied his third Boston title.
The women’s race had far less drama thanks to Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa, who led the last 22 miles and finished 44 seconds ahead of 2017 Boston winner Edna Kiplagat of Kenya. Degefa finished in 2:23:31.
“(My husband) said you have good speed, when you (are) comfortable, just go,” Degefa said through a translator.
The top American finishers in the men’s race were Scott Fauble and Jared Ward in seventh and eighth, respectively. For the women, Americans Jordan Hasay and 2018 Boston champion Des Linden were third and fifth.
Daniel Romanchuk became the first American to win the men’s wheelchair title since 1993. Just 20 years old, he also became the youngest Boston winner ever with a time of 1:21:36.
Manuela Schar of Switzerland won the women’s wheelchair race for the second time in three years, finishing in 1:34:19.
Fazioli, Mortimer tops in NH
Samuel Fazioli of Salem was the top New Hampshire male finisher and Jennifer Mortimer of Bedford took honors among the Granite State women in Monday’s Boston Marathon.
Fazioli ran an official time of 2:26.49, about a minute faster than Manchester’s Nick Anguila (2:27.51).
Top NH finishers
Samuel Fazioli, Salem, 2:26.49; Nick Aguila, Manchester, 2:27.51; Wesley Dinnan, Dover, 2:35.00; Andrew Tuttle, Alton, 2:40.27; Brendan McCauley, Belmont, 2:43.16; Mark Furler, Hollis, 2:43.35; Keith Lundquist, Hopkinton, 2:43.43; Louis Saviano, Sandown, 2:45.20; Michael Demars, Claremont, 2:45.46; Sean McCauley, Canterbury, 2:45.50.
Jennifer Mortimer, Bedford, 3:01.59; Lauren Tilton, Windham, 3:03.09; Katie Cross-Powers, Concord, 3:04.29; Mary Klene, Manchester, 3:06.06; Courtney Hawkins, Milford, 3:07.44; Haley McMahon, Nottingham, 3:09.24; Ashley Busa, Portsmouth, 3:10.57; Lindsay Close, Exeter, 3:12.18; Jennifer Johnson, Bethlehem, 3:12.26; Lydia Gill, Freedom, 3:13.13.