Lelisa Desisa from Ethiopia won the elite Boston Marathon Race that took place on the 20th of April, 2015. The 2015 Boston marathon is the 119th mass participation marathon.
Lelisa Desisa from Ethiopia won the elite Boston Marathon Race that took place on the 20th of April, 2015.
The 2015 Boston marathon is the 119th mass participation marathon. It’s 42 km route went through eight Massachusetts cities with the starting point in New England town of Hopkinton and finish at Boston’s Copley Square. All 50 US states as well as Canadian Provinces and a couple of US territories were represented at the marathon. Training for this years’ marathon was difficult because of the severe weather conditions in Boston this winter. The last year champion as well as three defending champions were taking part in the marathon.
Lelisa Desisa from Ethiopia was the winner in the man’s section at the Boston Marathon 2015. In fact, it is his second victory in the Boston Marathon in the last three years. He came first with the time of 2 hours 9 minutes and 17 seconds. Another runner from Ethiopia, Yemane Tsegay, came second with the time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 48 seconds. He was only 31-second away from the first place, but, as the matter of fact, it is his best time in a major marathon. And Kenyan, Wilson Chebet, came third with the result of 2 hours 10 minutes and 22 seconds thus locking the threesome of winners.
In the women’s section, Kenyan Caroline Rotich proved to be the best by running the marathon distance in 2 hours, 24 minutes and 55 seconds, outrunning her closest rival Mare Dibaba from Ethiopia that came only 4-seconds late finishing with the time of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 59 seconds. The third one was Buzunesh Deba from Ethiopia that came with the time of 2 hours, 25 minutes and 9 seconds.
Lelisa last won the race in the sad 2013, when two bombs exploded at the finish point killing three people and injuring 264 others two hours after the race had finished. These events shadowed Lelisa’s victory and turned it into the small remark in the newspapers back then. But unlike his 2013 victory, his behavior afterwards was more reverberating. It consisted of many actions and good-will gestures made in order to honor the affected people, to show his support for the lamenting families and encourage the traumatized city.
In June 2013, Lelisa returned his gold medal for the first place to Boston in front of many people on the public ceremony on Boston Common. He also made a private gift to the woman who had lost her leg and her seriously injured husband.
Sport is powerful enough to unite and connect people all over the world and it should never be used as a battleground
– said Desisa.
30-year-old Catherine Rotich won the marathon in Prague in 2013, but it was her first great victory. Her previous attempts resulted in fourth place in Chicago and Tokyo marathons in 2011.
The race conditions at this Boston Marathon weren’t the best. It was chilly and wet but race participants were lucky and happy not to be washed by the rain. The temperature at women’s start was 43 degrees, with little wind and humidity around 85%. Despite the weather conditions, competitors performed at their best.
Since the unfortunate 2013, the race, known for it’s strict qualifying rules, has grown greatly in popularity. This year, the organizers of the race significantly expanded the field and almost 30,000 runners took part in the race.