Ethiopian runners run away with the Boston Marathon

Lemi Hayle Berhanu, Boston Marathon's Men's winner and Atsede Baysa, the women's winner, celebrate at the finish line.
Lemi Hayle Berhanu, Boston Marathon’s Men’s winner and Atsede Baysa, the women’s winner, celebrate at the finish line. Ethiopian runners dominated the race, which was held on Monday.

At the finish line of most world-class marathons, it’s usually all Kenya all the time, meaning the country’s runners finish one, two and three.

Except at this year’s Boston Marathon, which was run on Monday. Another African country took the top spots in the men’s and women’s races.

Lemi Berhanu Hayle of Ethiopia won the men’s division in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 45 seconds. Lelisa Desisa, also of Ethiopia, finished second, followed by Yemane Adhane Tsegay who also is from Ethiopia.

Kenyan runners finished fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh.

In the women’s division, Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia finished first in a time of 2 hours, 29 minutes and 19 seconds. Ethiopian Tirfi Tsegaye finished second in 2 hours, 30 minutes and 03 seconds.

Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya finished third in 2 hours, 30 minutes and 50 seconds.

For the first time in marathon history, Ethiopian runners won five of the top six spots.


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