After over 26 miles and two hours of running, it all came down to one second.
A photo finish, including a sprint to the finish line, decided the elite men’s division as Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono spoiled the chance for Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia to win his third straight Boston Marathon title. The one-second margin of victory was the race’s closest finish since 1988 with Cherono clocking an unofficial 2:07:59 and Desisa clocking a 2:08:00.
Lawrence Cherono beats Lelisa Desisa by one second to win Boston Marathon. pic.twitter.com/GdrngBNOlB
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) April 15, 2019
The elite women’s race was a different story. Worknish Degefa of Ethiopia won in comfortable fashion after taking the lead in Mile 4 and expanding her lead over second place to three minutes at the 18th mile. Degefa’s winning time of 2:23:31 was 42 seconds better than Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, who finished second.
American Jordan Hasay was third with a time of 2:25:20.
Worknesh Degefa is your 2019 Boston Marathon Women’s Elite Champ! pic.twitter.com/QiHaVnMh5o
— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 15, 2019
For the second straight year, rain and cold weather plagued the marathon runners. The first winner of the day was American. Daniel Romanchuk won the men’s push-rim wheelchair group, becomming the first American winner of the event since 1993. Defending elite women’s champ Des Linden was unable to provide an encore performance of 2018 when she became the first American female to top the podium in 33 years. Linden placed fifth in this year’s competition.
Scott Fauble of Flagstaff, Ariz., was the first American male to cross the finish line with a seventh-place time of 2:09:10.
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson was the fastest celebrity of the day, finishing with a time of 3:09:07. He raced in the Toyota Owners 400 in Richmond, Va., on Saturday night, finishing 12th.
Congratulations to @JimmieJohnson on completing the #BostonMarathon!
His unofficial time: 3 hours, 9 minutes, and 7 seconds. pic.twitter.com/biiMJIgtCT
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) April 15, 2019
(Note: Times listed below are unofficial results)
Boston Marathon results 2019
|1.||Lawrence Cherono (Kenya)||2:07:57|
|2.||Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia)||2:07:59|
|3.||Kenneth Kipkemoi (Kenya)||2:08:07|
|4.||Felix Kandie (Kenya)||2:08:54|
|5.||Geoffrey Kirui (Kenya)||2:08:55|
|7.||Scott Fauble USA)||2:09:09|
|8.||Jared Ward (USA)||2:09:25|
|1.||Worknesh Degefa (Ethiopia)||02:23:31|
|2.||Kiplagat Edna (Kenya)||02:24:13|
|3.||Jordan Hasay (USA)||02:25:20|
|4.||Meskerem Assefa (Ethiopia)||02:25:40|
|5.||Des Linden (USA)||02:27:00|
|1.||Daniel Romanchuk (USA)||1:21:36|
|2.||Masazumi Soejima (Japan)||1:24:30|
|3.||Marcel Hug (Switzerland)||1:26:42|
|4.||Aaron Pike (USA)||1:27:09|
|5.||Ernst van Dyk (South Africa)||1:27:23|
|1.||Manuela Schar (Switzerland)||1:34:19|
|2.||Tatyana McFadden (USA)||1:41:35|
|3.||Madison de Rozario (Australia)||1:41:36|
|4.||Eliza Ault-Connell (Australia)||1:41:46|
|5.||Susannah Scaroni (USA)||1:42:34|