Boston Marathon 2016 Winners
With the second win for Ethiopia on Marathon Monday, 21-year-old Lemi Berhanu Hayle took home the title for the men’s elite division at 2:12:45. Two-time champ Lelisa Desisa finished second at 2:13:32.
In an unexpected win, Atsede Baysa clocked in at 2:29:19 for the women’s elite. Baysa is the first Ethiopian woman to win since 2010. Surprisingly, at mile 21.7, she was behind by a whopping 37 seconds.
Women’s Wheelchair Elite
With a large lead, the United States’ Tatyana McFadden finished at 1:42:16. The Russian-born athlete is the women’s wheelchair elite division winner for the fourth year in a row.
After the victory, McFadden high-fived the family of Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. McFadden is a member of team MR8, which raises money for the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation.
She admits she had a rough start, and struggled at miles five and six.
“I had to remember to relax and really find confidence in myself,” she said.
Men’s Wheelchair Elite
Marcel Hug of Switzerland finished first at 1:24:06 after battling it out with Kurt Fearnley of Australia and Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa for the last few miles of the race. The “Silver Bullet” is the men’s wheelchair winner for the second year in a row.
It was a close finish for Hug, who just edged out his competitors.
“It was a crazy finish. Very, very close, but it was a good end for me,” he said.
How’d he do it?
“I don’t know, just believing in me and my strength and just keep going as fast as possible,” he said.
Hug is the first person in four years to have back-to-back wins in the men’s wheelchair elite.
Alfredo “Freddie” De Los Santos finished at 1:15:10. An Iraq War veteran, he was born in the Dominican Republic and lives in Hopewell Junction, New York.