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Ethiopians Hayle and Baysa win Boston Marathon

1 year 5 months 4 weeks ago Monday, April 18 2016 Apr 18, 2016 April 18, 2016 11:37 AM April 18, 2016 in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow
Image: CNN

BOSTON - Lemi Berhanu Hayle of Ethiopia has won the Boston Marathon in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 45 seconds.

The 21-year-old pulled away from defending champion Lelisa Desisa as they crossed the Mass Pike heading into Kenmore Square. He won by 47 seconds.

The victory completed Ethiopia's first-ever sweep of the men's and women's races in Boston.

It was Hayle's first major marathon victory. He has run four smaller marathons since 2014, winning three and finishing second in Dubai in January.

Desisa finished 47 seconds back, in second place, and Ethiopian Yemane Adhane Tsegay was third to complete a sweep of the podium.

Atsede Baysa, also of Ethiopia, has won the women's race at the Boston Marathon.

The 29-year-old, two-time Chicago Marathon winner came from 37 seconds behind with less than five miles to go and passed fellow Ethiopian Tirfi Tsegaye with two miles left.

Baysa finished in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 29 minutes, 19 seconds.

Tsegaye was 44 seconds back.

Defending women's champion Carolina Rotich dropped out in the first five miles.

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