Ethiopians outduel Kenyans in Boston Marathon

Ethiopians outduel Kenyans in Boston Marathon

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Ethiopians Lemi Berhanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa at the Boston Marathon on Monday evening. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Boston, USA: Ethiopian sprinter Atsede Baysa, 29, clocked 2:29:19 to claim the 120th edition of the women’s Boston Marathon on Monday evening, snapping a five-year streak in which Kenyan women had won the race.

Kenyan Chepkirui came third on 2:30:50 behind Ethiopia’s Tirfi Tsegaye who crossed the line in 2:30:02.

Things were even worse in men’s category where Ethiopians for the first time in Boston history swept the podium.

Lemi Berhanu Hayle bested defending champion Lelisa Desisa with a 2:12:45 sprint, very modest for a Boston-winning time.

Desisa, also from Ethiopia, ran a 2:13:32, while a third countryman, Adhane Tsegay, clocked a 2:14:02.

The 2012 champion and Cherengany Member of Parliament (MP) Kenya’s Wesley Korir managed fourth in time of 2:17.02.

This is the first time Ethiopians had bagged both men and women titles in Boston Marathon.