African Athletes Dominate at the Boston Marathon

African Athletes Dominate at the Boston Marathon

Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, lifts his trophy after winning the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 20, 2015 in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, lifts his trophy after winning the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 20, 2015 in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(BBC) – Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa has won the men’s race at the Boston Marathon and Kenya’s Caroline Rotich came first in the women’s race.

Rotich took the title in two hours 24 minutes 55 seconds after a sprint finish with Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba.

Desisa’s victory at 2:09:17 was more comfortable and he crossed the finish line 30 seconds ahead of his compatriot Yemane Adhane Tsegay.

African runners dominated the top 10 in both races.

This is the second victory for Desisa at the Boston Marathon.

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