Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono Wins Men’s 2019 Boston Marathon

The 123rd Boston Marathon was held on Monday and ended with a sprint from Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono, who edged Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa by two seconds in one of the closest finishes in the event’s history. Cherono outkicked Desisa in the final steps of the 26.2-mile race, winning in his Boston Marathon debut in 2:07:57. 

In the women’s race, Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa led the last 22 miles and finished 44 seconds ahead of 2017 Boston winner Edna Kiplagat of Kenya. Degefa finished in 2:23:31.

The top American finishers in the men’s race were Scott Fauble and Jared Ward in seventh and eighth, respectively. For the women, Americans Jordan Hasay and 2018 Boston champion Des Linden were third and fifth.

Lawrence Cherono Outkicks Lelisa Desisa To Win 2019 Boston Marathon


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