Ethiopian Sisay Lemma and Kenyan Hellen Obiri won the Boston Marathon


The Ethiopian Sisay Lemma conquered the 128th edition of the Boston Marathon on Monday and dethroned the double champion, the Kenyan Evans Chebetwhile the Kenyan Hellen Obiri she signed her double in the women’s category.

Lemma, winner of the ’21 London Marathon and ’23 Valencia Marathon, crossed the finish line in 2h6’17” with a 41” margin over his compatriots Mohamed Esa and Evans Chebet, seeking the first triple in Boston since in 2008, third at 1’05”

Lemma, the first Ethiopian to win the Boston Marathon since 2017, won with authority after breaking away and gaining a margin of more than two minutes over his early pursuers.

He stayed in the last ten kilometers and, despite the fact that Esa, the Kenyan Albert Korir, the champion of the New York Marathon in 2021, and Chebet were able to reduce by working together, Lemma was able to take the crown in a year in that he dreams of having a medal at the Games Paris 2024 Olympics.

This is the 128th edition of the Boston Marathon, the oldest in the world, and was held on a sunny day with excellent conditions and a temperature of 17 degrees Celsius.

Almost 30,000 people, from 129 countries, registered for this test, which started in the men’s category at 9:37 local time and ten minutes later in the women’s category.

Obiri won the women’s event impressively in a time of two hours, 22 minutes and 37 seconds after starring in an attempted final duel with compatriot Sharon Lokedi, who crossed the finish line in two hours, 22 minutes and 44 seconds.

Obiri did it twice in Boston, and next year he will attempt a triple that has not been recorded in this Marathon since 2005.

He sped up in the last kilometer to distance himself from Lokedi in a battle between the great New York Marathon champions.

Obiri is living a dream moment, after an extraordinary 2023 in which he also won the New York Marathon, in addition to the Boston Marathon, something that no one has achieved since the Norwegian Ingrid Kristiansen in 1989.

The Women’s Marathon podium was all Kenyan, with Edna Kiplagat, Boston champion in 2017 and 2021, finishing third.

In the men’s wheelchair event, Swiss Marcel Hug extended his dominance with his record-breaking seventh title in Boston.

He crossed the finish line in one hour, 15 minutes and 42 seconds, knocking thirty seconds off his previous career record.

The nicknamed ‘Silver Bullet’ continues to make history, with four Berlin Marathon titles (2011, 2012, 2021, 2023), five New York Marathon titles (2013, 2016, 2017, 2021 and 2023) to his credit. record London (2014, 2016, 2022, 2023), two from Chicago (2016, 2023) and seven from Boston (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2023 and 2024).

Spaniard Rafa Botello Jiménez finished in tenth position with a time of one hour, 29 minutes and 34 seconds.

In the women’s category, British Rainbow Cooper put in a great performance and won with authority in one hour, 35 minutes and 11 seconds, beating top-level rivals such as Swiss Manuela Shar, four winners in Boston.

Source: La Verdad


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