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SEE IT: Unbelievable sprint to win the Boston Marathon


Lawrence Cherono, of Kenya, breaks the tape to win the 123rd Boston Marathon in front of Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, right, on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) (Charles Krupa / Associated Press)

An unbelievable sprint-to-the-finish-line at this year’s Boston Marathon has immediately elevated the 123rd edition of the race to one-for-the-books status.

Running his first Boston Marathon, Lawrence Cherono of Kenya won the men’s competition in the closest finish in the men’s race since 1988. With an official time of 2:07:57, he finished just two seconds ahead of two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia. Desisa had previously won in 2013 and 2015.

Cherono was trailing Desisa in the final block, but he seemed to pretend he hadn’t been running for over two hours. As the men got closer to the tape, he sprinted ahead, and passed Desisa in the final stretch.

In the women’s competition, Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia won, waving at the crowd as she approached the finish line, with a time of 2:23:31.

Daniel Romanchuk of Urbana, Ill., became the first American to win the wheelchair division of the race since 1993. Manuela Schär of Switzerland won the women’s wheelchair division for the second time.

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