Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono, Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa win 2019 Boston Marathon in debuts

Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the 2019 Boston Marathon

Lawrence Cherono of Kenya won the men’s 2019 Boston Marathon in his debut, with a time of 2:07:59 on a day that started off with rainy conditions similar to last year but eventually brightened as the race went on.

Two-time winner Ethiopian, Lelisa Desisa (2:08:00) and Kenyan Kenneth Kipkemoi (2:08:06) finished second and third.

Cherono used a last-second kick to edge Desisa.

Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa, debuting in her first women’s Boston Marathon, ran a blistering early pace and then held off a chasing Edna Kiplagat of Kenya to win the women’s race with an unofficial time of 2:23:30 in just her fourth marathon.

The 28-year-old, who holds the Ethipian national record with a 2:17:41, entered the race having only run the relatively flat Dubai Marathon three times.

Kiplagat (2:24:14) came in second, with American Jordan Hasay (2:25:20) finishing in third place, same as in 2017.

Defending champ Des Linden came in fifth with an unofficial time of 2:27:00.

Mkarimu Media and News Agencies

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