Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono and Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa were the Men’s and Women’s winners of the 123rd Boston Marathon in circumstances that could not have been more different.
After a grandstand sprint, Cherono crossed in 2:07.57, just two seconds ahead of Ethiopia’s 2015 winner Lelisa Desisa in what was the closest finish to the men’s race since 2000, when Kenya’s Elijah Lagat beat Ethiopia’s Gezahegne Abera - Olympic champion later that year - in a photo-finish after both clocked 2:09.47.
Degefa earned her first major marathon victory in 2:23:31 after breaking away and running along for the last 20 miles of this 26.2 miles challenge, with Kenya’s Edma Kiplagat a distant second in 2:24:13, with home runner Jordan Hasay taking third place in 2:25:20.
Only two athletes competed under the Bermuda Flag.
Allison Petty finished 12,878th overall, she was the 4,180th female finisher and she was 2,777th in the Female 18-39 Age Group Category after clocking a time of 3:43.59. Petty reached the halfway stage in a time of 1:41.46.
Anna Laura Hocking finished with a time of 3:52.45, she was clocked at 1:44.09 at the halfway stage. Hocking was 15, 149th overall, she was the 5,513th and she was 1,031st in the Female 40-44 Age Group Division.