Monday April 20th, 2015

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the men's division of the 119th Boston Marathon on Monday, while Caroline Rotich of Kenya won the women's race.

Desisa, 25, posted an unofficial time of 2:09:17, 31 seconds ahead of fellow Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay for the largest margin of victory in the marathon since 2010.

Desisa also won the men's race in 2013.

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Rotich, 30, posted an unofficial time of 2:24:55, finishing four seconds ahead of Ethiopian Marie Dibaba after the two swapped leads over the final stretch of the marathon down Boylston Street.

Two years after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Monday's race featured a variety of poignant tributes. Wheelchair division champion Tatyana McFadden wore "MR8" on her shirt in honor of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who died after the bombings.

"I am happy to win and for a strong Boston 2013,” Desisa told The Boston Globe.

Mike Fiammetta

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