He won it two years ago, when a dreadful blast transformed the city’s cheers to screams of carnage. Lelisa Desisa, a 25-year-old Ethiopian, is once again the first man to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Desisa ran smoothly in the last few miles to register a commanding victory in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 17 seconds. He stated, “This medal is for mine to keep.”
About 30,000 runners started the marathon early Monday morning. The length covered over 26 miles of Boston’s hilly terrain. Rain and 20 mph wind couldn’t hamper the spirits of the glorious race.
After rounding Herford street and unleashing a sprint in the last lap, Desisa started waving his hat to the crowd, announcing his inevitable victory.
“I started waving my hands because I love the Boston people,” Desisa announced proudly after his second victory.
Yemane Adhane Tsegay, who is also from Ethiopia, was 31 seconds behind, his most impressive finish in a major marathon. Wilson Chebet of Kenya won third.
In the women’s race, Caroline Rotich of Kenya emerged as the winner, finishing in 2:24:55. She edged Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia in a closely contested race, sprinting through the last mile by four seconds only. Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba won third place.
It was maiden victory for Rotich, whose previous best was a fourth-finish at Tokyo last year.
Rotich described her excitement upon reaching the end. “Just like that I saw the finish line and was like: ‘I can kick! I can kick!’”
Held on Patriot’s Day, the 2015 Boston Marathon is an annual event in greater Boston. It is regarded as the world’s oldest annual marathon and the most popular road-racing event on the planet. Even the two World Wars could not interrupt the event. It is open to amateurs and professionals from all over the world.
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