Demadonna's Worknesh Degefa, of Ethiopia, cruises in 2h23’30’’ to win the women's race of the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15.

 

degefa boston2019Monday, April 15 - Boston Marathon, Ethiopia's Degefa ran like someone completely unaware of the hills on the historic course, building an insurmountable lead early in the race and holding on for victory in 2h23"30. This was Degefa's Boston Marathon debut and it was the first World Marathon Major victory for the 28-year-old Ethiopian. In January she ran the fourth-fastest marathon ever, turning in a time of 2h17'41" at the Dubai Marathon.

That time should have made her an overwhelming favorite in this race, but Boston and Dubai have virtually nothing in common; however, it only took her few miles to determine she was the one to beat on Monday.

After half-way mark, she was all alone ahead of a nine-woman chasing pack. Her lead grew to almost 3 minutes at 30K. Meanwhile, Kiplagat broke away from the chase pack and began whacking away at Degefa’s lead.

Towards 40 kilometers the gap was down to 1'08", but as fast as Kiplagat was closing, there simply wasn’t enough miles left in the race. By the time Degefa turned onto Boylston, she knew she had the race and began to celebrate. She crossed the line in 2h23'30"—42 seconds ahead of Kiplagat.

Jordan Hasay placed third, running in 2h25'202.

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