New York, United States | AFP |
Lemi Berhanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa led an Ethiopian clean sweep at the Boston Marathon on Monday with victory in the men’s and women’s races of the prestigious event. Uganda’s Jackson Kiprop started well but finished 14th.
Hayle clinched victory in the men’s race in a time of 2hr 12min 44sec, coming home ahead of compatriot and defending champion Lelisa Desisa in second. Another Ethiopian, Yemane Adhane Tsegay was third in 2:14.02.
Baysa meanwhile won a pulsating women’s race, producing a late charge over the final few miles to win in 2:29.19.
The 29-year-old had lagged by nearly 40 seconds at around the 22-mile mark but then moved through the gears to build a five-second lead over Tirfi Tsegaye after 25 miles.
Tsegaye eventually finished second in 2:30.03 with Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya third in 2:14.02.
Uganda’s Jackson Kiprop was in the lead pack of the marathon early, but could only finish in 14th place in 2:24:44, far outside his best time of 2:09:32. It could not be immediately confirmed what caused his setback in the final third of the race.
He is one of six athletes vying for the four places on the Uganda marathon team to the Olympics. Top on the list is Olympic Champion Stephen Kiprotich.
Men Country Prize
- Lemi Berhanu Hayle (ETH), 2:12:45, $150,000
Lelisa Desisa (ETH), 2:13:32, $75,000
Yemane Tsegaye (ETH), 2:14:02, $40,000
Wesley Korir (KEN), 2:14:05, $25,000
Paul Lonyangata (KEN), 2:15:45, $15,000
Sammy Kitwara (KEN), 2:16:43, $12,000
Stephen Chebogut (KEN), 2:16:52, $9,000
Abdi Nageeye (NED), 2:18:05, $7,400
Getu Feleke (ETH), 2:18:46, $5,700
Zachary Hine (USA), 2:21:37, $4,200
Cutbert Nyasango (ZIM), 2:22:02, $2,600
Tsegaye Mekonnen (ETH), 2:22:21, $2,100
Ian Burrell (USA), 2:22:22, $1,800
Jackson Kiprop (UGA), 2:24:44, $1,700
Harbert Okuti (UGA), 2:24:46, $1,500
Solonei Da Silva (BRA), 2:24:54
Clint Wells (USA), 2:24:55
Nori Kamijo (JPN), 2:25:31
Shingo Igarashi (JPN), 2:26:24