Monday, April 15, 2013

Ethiopia's Desisa wins Boston Marathon

(Apr 15, 2013, BOSTON))--The Kenyans finally face a challenge to their dominance of the Boston Marathon, and it’s from their East African neighbours. Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa took the title in the 117th edition of the world’s oldest marathon on Monday, winning a three-way sprint down Boylston Street to finish in two hours 10 minutes 22 seconds and snap a string of three consecutive Kenyan victories.

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the men's division of the Boston Marathon on Monday./Elise Amendola/The Associated Press/
“Here we have a relative newcomer,” said Ethiopia’s Gebregziabher Gebremariam, who finished third. “Everything changes.” In just his second race at the 42.195-kilometre distance, Desisa finished five seconds ahead of Kenya’s Micah Kogo to earn $150,000 US and the traditional olive wreath. American Jason Hartmann finished fourth for the second year in a row.

“It was more of a tactical race, the Ethiopian versus the Kenyans. That fight played out very well,” defending champion Wesley Korir, a Kenyan citizen and U.S. resident, said after finishing fifth. “The Ethiopians run very good tactical races. One thing I always say is, ‘Whenever you see more than five Ethiopians in a race, you ought to be very careful.’

As Kenyans, we ought to go back to the drawing board and see if we can get our teamwork back.” Read more from The Record » 

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