Ethiopia's Degefa wins 123rd Boston Marathon women's race

The Boston Marathon, one of the most prestigious 26-mile races in the world, was once again run in bad conditions with rain, wind and low temperatures making fast times hard.

Degefa, who became the fourth-fastest female marathoner in Dubai on January 25, stunned the spectators by going off on her own in the sixth kilometer and prevailed by 42 seconds over 2017 Boston champion Edna Kiplagat from Kenya who finished second.

"It was incredible", Johnson told reporters, including NBC Sports, after completing his run. "My sponsor Ally was at the firehouse (at mile marker 17) and took it over and decorated and I got a huge applause coming through there". His bib number was 4848.

The 2019 Boston Marathon will be remembered for one of the most dramatic finishes in race history.

Johnson left Richmond ranked 13th in driver points and is in early playoff contention. He also was the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1993.

Joan Benoit Samuelson of Freeport, who won the gold medal in women's marathon at the 1984 Olympics and won the Boston Marathon in 1979 and 1983, returned to the race Monday and finished the race in 3:04.00.


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