Desisa, Jeptoo Win 117th Boston Marathon
BY CLAY SHAW
BOSTON, MA--Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the 117th Boston Marathon, held Patriots Day, April 15, 2013, in 2:10:22. He was in a three-way battle to the finish with Kenya's Micah Kogo who finished in 2:10:27 in his first marathon. Also in the mix was the 2010 NYC Marathon champ Gebregziabher "G.G." Gebremariam of Ethiopia who finished just one second in back of Kogo in 2:10:28 to place third.
Jason Hartmann of Boulder, CO is one tough guy. He placed fourth in last year's heat and placed fourth again this year with a 2:12:12. 2012 champ Wesley Korir was fifth in 2:12:30. Lee Troop, an Australian citizen who lives and coaches in Boulder, was the top masters in 2:17:52, and 15th overall.
Rita Jeptoo of Kenya who won the Boston Marathon in 2006,
won again in 2013 with a 2:26:25. Jeptoo broke away from
America's hopefuls Shalane Flanagan placed fourth in 2:27:08, and training partner Kara Goucher who placed sixth in 2:28:11, were disappointed. Shalane's mom, Cheryl Treworgy, was in the press area with me (we were in lockdown) after the race and said that Shalane had put herself in a good spot, with a shot at the win, but her legs had turned to "Jello" in the final mile. Shalane looked tough to me, and appeared to be running hard when I photographed her at 40K. Her day will come.
The top Masters was Svetlana Pretot of Nancy, France who ran a 2:38:19, and repeated as Masters champion. Of note was 1983 champ Joan Benoit Samuelson who ran 2:50:29 at age 55.