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Lawrence Cherono and Worknesh Degefa win the 2019 Boston Marathon

Worknesh Degefa, left, and Lawrence Cherono celebrate after winning the 2019 Boston Marathon / Photo: BAA
Ethiopia's Worknesh Degefa won the women’s field with a time of 2:23:31 and Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono took the men’s race with a time of 2:07:57 at the 123rd annual Boston Marathon on Monday.

In the closest finish in the men's race since 1988, Cherono, making his Boston Marathon debut, held off two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia to clip the finish line tape in first position.

Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono / Photo credit: Boston Marathon

Cherono outkicked Lelisa Desisa in a sprint to the tape passing him just steps away from the finish line.

Desisa finished was two seconds behind, in a time of 2:07:59, ahead of another Kenyan Kenneth Kipkemoi, who was third in 2:08:07.

Ethiopia's Worknesh Degefa / Photo: Boston Marathon

Kenya's Edna Kiplagat, the 2017 champion, finished second in 2:24:13 ahead of American Jordan Hasay, who finished third in 2:25:20.

Men's Elite Race Results:
1) Lawrence Cherono KEN (2:07:57)
2) Lelisa Desisa ETH (2:07:59)
3) Kenneth Kipkemoi KEN (2:08:07)
4) Felix Kandie KEN (2:08:54)
5) Geoffrey Kirui KEN (2:08:55)

Women's Elite Race Results:
1) Worknesh Degefa ETH (2:23:31)
2) Edna Kiplagat KEN (2:24:13)
3) Jordan Hasay USA (2:25:20)
4) Meskerem Assefa ETH (2:25:40)
5) Desiree Linden USA (2:27:00)

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Lawrence Cherono and Worknesh Degefa win the 2019 Boston Marathon


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