Yet another Boston Marathon was greeted with wet and soggy spring weather, but that didn’t stop Worknesh Degefa from leading the women’s race to a hasty finish.
The 28-year-old athlete, who hails from Assela, Ethiopia, recorded an unofficial run time of 2 hours, 23 minutes and 30 seconds in her first Boston Marathon race. Ranked No. 11 in the world, she boasts a personal best of 2 hours, 17 minutes and 41 seconds — achieved this year on a Dubai, United Arab Emirates, course and listed as an Ethiopian national record.
Degefa, who was clad in a minty pair of on-sale Adidas’ Adizero Adios 3 sneakers (retailing for $70 on the brand’s website), managed to break away from the pack to a wide lead just four miles into the run — unlike her male counterpart, Lawrence Cherono, who won the men’s race by an incredibly narrow margin.
The Kenyan runner outlasted two-time Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa, sprinting to the finish line after 2 hours, 7 minutes and 59 seconds on-foot. (Desisa followed at 2 hours and 8 minutes.) Cherono opted for Nike’s Vaporfly 4% Flyknit running shoes in a bright crimson colorway, priced at $250.
At the men’s and women’s push-rim wheelchair event, Daniel Romanchuk became the first American winner since 1993, while Manuela Schar of Switzerland took home a second victory at the race.
Monday marked the sixth anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, which claimed three lives and injured several hundred others, and was the first time the anniversary date fell on the same day as the marathon itself.
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