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

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By Jill Martin, CNN

(CNN)The 123rd Boston Marathon almost needed a photo finish.

In the closest finish in the men’s race since 1988, Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono, making his Boston Marathon debut, held off two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia to barely clip the finish line tape first. Cherono was two seconds ahead, in a time of 2:07:57. Right behind in third place was Kenneth Kipkemoi of Kenya, in 2:08:07.

Boston Marathon ✔ @bostonmarathon Worknesh Degefa is your 2019 Boston Marathon Women’s Elite Champ!

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Men’s Elite results:
🥇Lawrence Cherono🇰🇪 (2:07:57)
🥈@LelisaDesisa🇪🇹 (2:07:59)
🥉Kenneth Kipkemoi🇰🇪 (2:08:07)
🏅Felix Kandie🇰🇪 (2:08:54)
🏅Geoffrey Kirui🇰🇪 (2:08:55)

(CNN)The 123rd Boston Marathon almost needed a photo finish.

WBZ | CBS Boston News ✔ @wbz #BREAKING: Lawrence Cherono wins the men’s Boston Marathon in a sprint. WHAT A FINISH!

In the closest finish in the men’s race since 1988, Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono, making his Boston Marathon debut, held off two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia to barely clip the finish line tape first. Cherono was two seconds ahead, in a time of 2:07:57. Right behind in third place was Kenneth Kipkemoi of Kenya, in 2:08:07.

One Response to Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono and Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa win in Boston Marathon debuts

  1. When many thought our gallant men and women athletes have got enough after their Paris triumph, no they have not. Did anyone saw how Lelisa bin Desisa fought the two Kenyans alone who were taking turns on him for almost 10 miles to end up winning(not on my book) just a mere 2 seconds. The dash to the finish was one of the most exiting contests that can be classified as ‘extremely dangerous for your health to watch’!!! On my book it was a draw. Why? When you take away the 2 seconds parity for the two Kenyans there is nothing left. Simple mathematics is 2 minus 2 equals Zero. It is a draw in my book!!!! Way you go Lelisa!!! You are my hero!!!

    When it comes to the women side, the whole world witnessed a scene that was never seen on such a race. That furious tigress Worknesh bint Degefa was nowhere to be seen by the other athletes from the very 10 miles after the starting line. I was watching one loose lip reporter on the Runners World magazine twitter page telling all of us that our furious human cheetah would be caught by the other athletes. When she crossed the finish line there were no athletes in sight behind her. None!!! Then the same reporter wrote ‘That’s it for our Boston Marathon live tweeting. Check http://runnersworld.com now and throughout the day for extensive race reports, updates on other well-known entrants, and more. I’m off to eat crow for lunch after opining that Degefa would get caught.’ She could go for sightseeing and come back before the 2nd women crossed the finish line. She was like saying ‘This is my house!!!’ Way you go our sweetheart daughter Worknesh bint Degefa!!! After the Paris sweep I was to be good for two weeks. I have added two more weeks after this one! I’m good now for a month!!!!

    By the way, the 3rd place finish by our American athlete Jordan Hasay is a feat by itself and deserves aloud round of applause.

    As usual I am counting my blessings and cheer on our countrymen/women’s accomplishments that made me proud of the fact that I share their heritage!!!!

    Ittu Aba Farda
    April 17, 2019 at 7:22 pm
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