Lawrence Cherono, of Kenya, won today’s Boston Marathon in 2:07:57. He narrowly edged out his closest competitor, Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, by just two-tenths of a second.
Lawrence Cherono just edges out Lelisa Desisa to win the 2019 @bostonmarathon !!!! What a finish 👀 #bostonmarathon pic.twitter.com/Ax1RdpWurH
The men’s field remained incredibly close for the bulk of the race, with a pack of around 15 elites taking turns leading for the first 22 miles. The pack reached halfway in 1:04:41, with 2017 champ Geoffrey Kirui, 2106 winner Lemi Berhanu Hayle of Ethiopia, and Cherono, whose 2:04:06 PR is the best in the field—leading the charge.
Just before hitting the Newton hills at mile 17, Americans Jared Ward and Scott Fauble moved to the front of the pack, with the African runners hot on their heels. Hayle and Kirui took the lead once the runners passed the famous Newton Firehouse, but the group continued to shuffle throughout the stretch of rolling terrain, with Fauble pushing the pace in mile 18. By mile 19, Kirui took the lead.
Just after Heartbreak Hill in the 22nd mile, a group of eight athletes, including Fauble, were still in close contention for the win, with Kirui still in the lead, 2018 New York City winner Desisa of Ethiopia in second place, and Cherono in third.
In the last two miles, Kirui faded behind while a pack of three—Kenneth Kipkemoi of Kenya (who won the 2018 Rotterdam Marathon), Desisa, and Cherono—charged ahead to the finish line on Boylston Street. Desisa made a move on the left turn onto Boylston, with Cherono on his shoulder.
In the final 15 meters of the race, Cherono leaned into the finish, just edging Desisa.
“It was not easy,” Cherono told NBC after the race. “But I did my best.”
Kipkemoi placed 3rd in 2:08:06, while Kirui finished in 4th in 2:08:55. The top American finisher was Fauble, who placed seventh in a three-minute personal best of 2:09:10. Ward finished in 8th in 2:09:25, shaving more than two minutes off of the personal best time he set while placing sixth in the 2016 Olympics.
From: Runner’s World US
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