On another day filled with powerful memories and Boston Strong images, two runners from Ethiopia won the men’s and women’s races in the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday.
Three years after the marathon was marked by bombings at the finish line, there were reminders in heightened security and, for the first time, in the presence of two runners who had each lost a leg in the bombings running the 26.2-mile course.
On the men’s side, Lemi Bernahu Hayle outdueled Lelisa Desisa, last year’s winner, and won in 2 hours 12 minutes and 44 seconds, powered by a late charge that brought him across the finish line a minute ahead of Desisa.
Atsede Baysa was the women’s winner, snapping a five-year streak in which Kenyan women had won the race with a stirring rally over the last few miles.
Trailing by 37 seconds with less than five miles left in the race, Baysa finished in 2:29:19, ahead of Tirfi Tsegaye in 2:30:02.