Lawrence Cherono just won one of the closest races in Boston Marathon history.
With an unofficial time of 2:07:57, the Kenyan runner outlasted two-time Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa in the men’s division of the 123rd edition of the race Monday. The 26.2-mile competition came down to the final stretch on Boylston Street, with the two runners jockeying for position before sprinting to a “photo finish.”
— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) April 15, 2019
Cherono, who was slightly behind Desisa with a few blocks to go, pulled ahead within feet of the finish line as his rival appeared to lose steam. Desisa finished with an official time of 2:07:59, two seconds shy of Cherono.
Official finish times in Men’s Race:
1. Lawrence Cherono (Kenya) 2:07:57
2. Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) 2:07:59
3. Kenneth Kipkemoi (Kenya) 2:08:06
— WBZ Boston Marathon (@WBZmarathon) April 15, 2019
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