The Ethiopian runner bested his 2013 first-place finish time of 2:10:22.
Desisa – wearing the same Nike Zoom Streak 3 he wore to win the 2013 marathon – kissed his hands and waved to the crowd as he crossed the finish line with a full 31-second lead on Yemane Adhane Tsegay, also of Ethiopia, who finished in second place with a time of 2:09:48.
Skechers-sponsored runner Meb Keflezighi — who won the marathon in 2014 with a time of 2:08:37 — was unable to repeat the success of last year’s first-place finish. The American runner placed eighth this year with a time of 2:12:42.
Keflezighi was the frontrunner at the 35K mark, hitting the landmark with a time of 1:47:59. Although he was in the lead, it was not enough to best the now two-time marathon winner, Desisa. The Ethiopian winner made his way to first at the 40K mark with a time of 2:02:39, where Keflezighi fell back to ninth place with a time of 2:04:58.
Keflezighi was not the first male American runner to cross the finish line. Dathan Ritzenhein crossed first for the U.S. runners, finishing seventh with a time of 2:11:20.
For the women, Caroline Rotich of Kenya took first, finishing with a time of 2:24:55. The first female U.S. runner to cross the finish line was Desiree Linden with a time of 2:25:39.