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Lelisa Desisa and Caroline Rotich take first place in Boston Marathon

Two years since the Boston Marathon bombings and just weeks since Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted of the 2013 bombings, more than 30,000 participants kicked off the 119th Boston Marathon Monday morning.

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia finished first in the men’s division with a time of 2:09:17, 30 seconds ahead of his competitor. It was his second win of the Boston Marathon in three years.


In the women’s division, Caroline Rotich of Kenya won with a time of 2:25:39, outran her next competitor by just four seconds.

Both Desisa and Rotich will take home $150,000 for placing first.

The top American winners were Dathan Ritzenhein, who finished seventh ahead of last year’s winner, American Meb Keflezighi.

In the women’s race, Desiree Linden finished fourth.

For the third year in a row, American Tatyana McFadden won the wheelchair division.

In the men’s wheelchair division, Swiss athlete Marcel Hug finished first for the first time in Boston, after placing third and fourth in past years.


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