Scott Bush, Running USA Wire
April 20, 2015
Ritzenhein (7th place), Linden (4th) lead the American charge; Keflezighi is 8th
BOSTON (April 20, 2015) - Tight packs, cool temperatures and moderate early paces led to thrilling finishes Monday morning at the 119th running of the Boston Marathon.
Early on, both the men’s and women’s races held over a dozen competitors among their lead packs. While athletes took turns leading each, ultimately it was the front running heroics of Americans Des Linden and Dathan Ritzenhein which drove onlookers into a frenzy.
Linden took over the lead of the women’s pack just past 10K and continued to push the pace, passing through halfway in 1:12:44, leading until just past the 20 mile mark when Ethiopian Mare Dibaba took charge and put in a surge to break up the field.
While a handful of competitors held tough, the lead group quickly narrowed down to Dibaba, Kenyan Caroline Rotich and EthiopianBuzunesh Deba. Linden held pace for as long as she could, running 10 seconds behind for three miles, but the quick tempo up front kept the lead group just far enough ahead to where Linden could never regain contact.
Dibaba, Rotich and Deba traded leads, each showing late race fitness capable of taking home the win. With less than two miles to go Dibaba put in another surge, dropping Deba, making it a two woman race. Rotich and Dibaba traded leads, keeping an eye on the other, each with a grimace of the wear and tear of the past 25 miles.
Into the final homestretch they came. Rotich threw in a surge, which Dibaba quickly responded to. With 100 meters to go the two runners were stride for stride, the race still anyone’s for the taking. With one final push, less than 50 meters from the finish, Rotich surged past Dibaba and crossed the finish line first, raising her arms in victory.
Rotich won her first major marathon title in 2:24:55, four seconds ahead of Dibaba. Deba hung on for third with a time of 2:25:09, while Linden placed a respectable fourth in 2:25:39.
In the men’s race, Ritzenhein led the lead pack of a dozen competitors from the 70 minute mark onward. He continued to push the pace, along with 2013 champion Lelisa Desisa and reigning champion Meb Keflezighi, until Desisa made a decisive move with just under 10K to go, breaking up the field and making it a four man race.
Desisa traded leads with fellow Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay, while Kenyans Wilson Chebet and Wesley Korir followed just off their shoulders. With 5K to go, Desisa put in one final move, breaking Chebet and Korir, as only Tsegay stayed with.
The two countrymen ran together for the next mile and a half, when Tsegay challenged Desisa for the lead, which Desisa easily responded to. The two again ran stride for stride until one mile left, when Desisa put in a move which Tsegay couldn’t cover, pulling away and coasting to win his second Boston Marathon title.
Desisa crossed the finish in 2:09:17, 31 seconds ahead of runner-up Tsegay. Chebet would end up finishing third in 2:10:22, while Ritzenhein held on to finish as top American in seventh place, with a time of 2:11:20.
119th Boston Marathon Results
Boston, MA, Monday, April 20, 2015
Top Ten Men
|1||Desisa, Lelisa (ETH)||02:09:17|
|2||Tsegay, Yemane Adhane (ETH)||02:09:48|
|3||Chebet, Wilson (KEN)||02:10:22|
|4||Kipyego, Bernard (KEN)||02:10:47|
|5||Korir, Wesley (KEN)||02:10:49|
|6||Chepkwony, Frankline (KEN)||02:10:52|
|7||Ritzenhein, Dathan (USA)||02:11:20|
|8||Keflezighi, Meb (USA)||02:12:42|
|9||Tola, Tadese (ETH)||02:13:35|
|10||Shafar, Vitaliy (UKR)||02:13:52|
Top Ten Women
|1||Rotich, Caroline (KEN)||02:24:55|
|2||Dibaba, Mare (ETH)||02:24:59|
|3||Deba, Buzunesh (ETH)||02:25:09|
|4||Linden, Desiree (USA)||02:25:39|
|5||Cherop, Sharon (KEN)||02:26:05|
|6||Kilel, Caroline (KEN)||02:26:40|
|7||Kebede, Aberu (ETH)||02:26:52|
|8||Demise, Shure (ETH)||02:27:14|
|9||Flanagan, Shalane (USA)||02:27:47|
|10||Chepkirui, Joyce (KEN)||02:29:07|
this article Courtesy of Running USA wire