— Eric Levenson (@ejleven) April 18, 2016
At 21 years old, Hayle is not the youngest Boston Marathon winner ever — that honor goes to Timothy Ford of Cambridge, who won the 10th Boston Marathon as an 18-year-old in 1906 — but the result was still shocking to many.
Boston Marathon Winner, Lemi Berhanu Hayle is only 21 YEARS OLD!!!!! ????????
— amy murakami (@amymurakami) April 18, 2016
21 years old. Wow. https://t.co/cYgS0wVabS
— Allison Nielsen (@AllisonNielsen) April 18, 2016
A 21 year old just won the Boston Marathon…anything is possible
— Riley Dobbins (@rileydobbins) April 18, 2016
Hayle’s win inspired some reactions from the 21-and-over crowd on Twitter, whose accomplishments seem somewhat less monumental in comparison.
To the 21-year-old who just won the Boston marathon: My parents already think I'm a failure, you're just making it worse.
— mk chambers (@chubbiekid) April 18, 2016
A 21 year old won the Boston Marathon, and I'm in bed while procrastinating reading 10 pages for psychotherapy
— lizzie n-h (@elisabethhlovee) April 18, 2016
A 21 year old man just won the Boston Marathon and the last time I ran a mile was in 4th grade gym class
— morgs (@mdorgz) April 18, 2016
The winner of the Boston marathon was 21 years old…. I need to step my life up a bit.
— Littlest Laynurs (@DelaniStopp) April 18, 2016
Fret not, young couch potatoes of Boston. There’s always next year.
So a 21 year old just won the Boston Marathon. Next year I'll be running the Boston Marathon. I will be 21 years old. Coincidence? Entirely
— Mark Puleo (@MarkRunner96) April 18, 2016
@MarkRunner96 I put on pants today
— Darian Somers (@StuffSomersSays) April 18, 2016