Desisa, Jeptoo Win Boston Marathon Marred By Deadly Explosions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Boston Marathon marred by deadly explosions

BOSTON (AP) _ Lelisa Desisa (leh-LEE'-sah deh-SEE'-sah) of Ethiopia won the 117th edition of the Boston Marathon, which was later marred by a pair of deadly explosions.

It's just his second race at the 26.2-mile distance. Desisa out-sprinted two other East Africans down Boylston Street to win in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 23 seconds.

American Jason Hartmann finished fourth for the second straight year.

Rita Jeptoo (JEP'-too) was the women's winner. It was her second victory in Boston, and her first win in a major race since taking two years off to have a baby. Her winning time was 2 hours, 26 minutes and 25 seconds.

Shalane Flanagan of nearby Marblehead was fourth in the women's division.

About two hours after the winners crossed the line, bombs exploded in the area, killing at least two people and injuring more than 20 others.

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