Originally posted on CBS Boston:
BOSTON (CBS/AP) — 23,181 runners left Hopkinton Monday morning with the goal of finishing the 117th Boston Marathon. Many of them did, but there were just two winners.
Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the men’s race in three-way sprint down Boylston Street to finish in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds.
Rita Jeptoo won the women’s race for her second Boston victory, finishing in 2:26:25.
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Marblehead’s Shalane Flanagan was the top American finisher, coming in fourth place in her first Boston Marathon.
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A year after heat approaching 90 degrees sent record numbers of participants in search of medical help, temperatures in the high 40’s greeted the field at the start in Hopkinton. It climbed to 54 degrees by the time the winners reached Copley Square in Boston.
2,200 runners deferred to…
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