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Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma Triumphs at Boston Marathon

Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma clocked 2:06:17 to win the men’s title at the Boston marathon on Monday.

Sisay headed to Boston with a mission to redeem himself after his two previous outings there that ended in disappointment.

On Monday, he made an early break from the leading pack of ten men just after the 5km mark, and went on build up a huge lead, eventually winning by 41 seconds. His finishing time of 2:06:17 is the fourth fastest in Boston history.

Further back, there was some excitement as Ethiopia’s Mohamed Esa showed his the strong-finishing performance. He went from fifth at 23 miles to second by the finish line to take the runner-up spot in 2:06:58.

The defending champion Evans Chebet was third in 2:07:22, claiming his fourth consecutive podium finish in a marathon major, per the World Athletics.

“I previously didn’t finish in this race, so I wanted redemption for that, that’s why I came,” said Sisay, who last year moved to fourth on the world all-time list with his 2:01:48 victory in Valencia. “Thankfully I was able to redeem myself, so I’m happy. My plan was to break the course record, but the hills at the end made me really tired.”

He also added: “The reason I raced in Boston is because the course is similar to the Olympic one, so hopefully this will be good preparation for the Paris Games.”

In the women’s race, Kenya’s Hellen Obiri successfully defended her title, clocking 2:22:37 to win her third victory in a row in a World Marathon Majors race.

Her compatriot Sharon Lokedi claimed second place in 2:22:45, while Kiplagat completed the Kenyan podium sweep in 2:23:21.

Ethiopian representatives in the women’s road race Buze Diriba (1:24:4) and Senbere Teferi (2:24:4) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.