Boston Marathon results

Lemi Berhanu Hayle celebrating his victory on Monday in Boston.

In what was one of the most incredible comebacks in Boston Marathon history, Ethiopia’s Atsede Baysa narrowed a 30-plus-second gap to win the women’s race in 2:29:19. In the men’s race, Lemi Berhanu Hayle, also of Ethiopia, unleashed a devastating kick with 2K to go and never looked back winning in 2:12:45

Both Berhanu Hayle and Baysa won US$150,000 for the wins on Monday, the 120th anniversary of the Boston Marathon and the 50th anniversary of female participation. Temperature at the finish line was 16 C.

Top-three women
1. Atsede Baysa (ETH) – 2:29:19
2. Tirfi Tsegaye (ETH) – 2:30:03
3. Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) – 2:30:50

Top-three men
1. Lemi Berhanu Hayle (ETH) – 2:12:45
2. Lelisa Desisa (ETH) – 2:13:32
3. Yemane Adhane Tsegay (ETH) – 2:14:02

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Atsede Baysa wins the women’s race at the 2016 Boston Marathon.

Baysa, a two-time winner of the Chicago Marathon, was more than 30 seconds behind the leaders at the 35K mark before bridging the gap, briefly running in the lead pack and then dropping the field in the Newton Hills area.

Before her big move, the announcers figured that she may have been in the men’s race because she wasn’t in view and was surging so quickly (the men’s and women’s race began at different times).

Between 35-40K, Baysa ran 16:43 versus Tsegaye’s 17:27 split, which pretty much sealed the deal as Baysa widened the gap over the latter stages of the race. Boston is a point-to-point race and begins in Hopkinton, Mass.

Berhanu Hayle, who ran 2:04:33 to finish second at the Dubai Marathon, unleashed a devastating kick with 2K to go and never looked back to win the men’s race. He had never won a world marathon major prior to Monday’s Boston victory.

It was an Ethiopian sweep on the men’s side as five runners from the African-powerhouse nation occupied occupied the six possible podium spots. Kenyan Joyce Chepkirui finished third in the women’s race to prevent a clean sweep.

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Lemi Berhanu Hayle breaks the tape at the Boston Marathon.

With the win, Berhanu Hayle is a likely candidate for the Ethiopian Olympic team, which has yet to be announced. His winning time of 2:12:45 was the slowest winning time since 2012.

Lelisa Desisa and Caroline Rotich won the 2015 men’s and women’s Boston Marathon in 2:09:17 and 2:24:55, respectively. Rotich dropped out at the 7K mark and was seen walking before ultimately dropping out while Desisa had a solid race finishing second.

Crowd favourite Neely Spence Gracey was the top female American at the event, making her marathon debut, finishing in 2:35:00 to finish ninth overall.

The April 18 race was the first of this cycle’s world marathon majors, a series of top-tier marathons around the world. Next week’s London Marathon on April 24 is the second of this cycle’s majors.

Ailsa MacDonald and Scott Arnald were the top Canadian finishers on Monday morning. Wesley Korir, a member of Kenya’s parliament and the wife of Canadian Tarah Korir, finished fourth. He won the 2012 Boston Marathon.

A full recap of Canadian results will be posted shortly.

The final moments of both the men’s and women’s races can be found below:

The women's winner of the #bostonmarathon breaks the tape?

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The men's winner of the #bostonmarathon from the photo bridge over top of the finish line.

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