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  • Associated Press: Geoffrey Kirui, of Kenya, leads the pack during the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday in Newton, Mass.

  • Daniel Romanchuk, of Urbana, Ill., holds the trophy after winning the men's handcycle division of the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Manuela Schar, of Switzerland, poses with the trophy after winning the women's handcycle division of the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Jared Ward, of Mapleton, Utah, right, leads the pack ahead of Hayato Sonoda, left, of Japan, and Elkanah Kibet, center, of Fountain, Colo., as they run the course during the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Manuela Schar, of Switzerland, receives the trophy after winning the women's handcycle division of the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • The elite women break from the start of the123rd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Monday, April 15, 2019 12:30 pm

Cherono of Kenya wins men's Boston Marathon

Degefa runs away with women's race

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Kenya's Lawrence Cherono outsprinted Ethiopa's Lelisa Desisa during the final few steps to win the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Cherono crossed the finish line in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, 57 seconds on Monday. That was just ahead of Desisa, the 2015 champion, who came in at 2:07:59.

Kenya's Kenneth Kipkemoi was third in 2:08:06. Kenya's Felix Kandi was fourth and 2017 champion Geoffrey Kirui was fifth.

It was the Boston debut for Cherono, a winner of six marathons, who most recently won the 2018 Amsterdam Marathon.

Cherono, Desisa and Kipkemoi broke away during Mile 24 and were shoulder-to-shoulder heading into the final mile. They stayed that way until Cherono and Desisa made it a two-man race with about 200 meters to go.

Desisa took the lead and appeared headed for victory before Cherono got on his left shoulder and outlasted him to the tape.

Early morning rain ceased by the start of the race this year, with a temperature of 59 degrees. Last year's race was contested in the rain, with temperatures dipping into the mid-30s.

American Scott Fauble led the race around Mile 18, but started to fade at Mile 21. He finished seventh, in a time of 2:09:10.

Ethiopia's Worknesh Degefa broke away from the rest of the field early and ran alone for the last 20 miles to win the women's Boston Marathon.

Degefa crossed the finish line in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, 30 seconds. She is the eighth Ethiopan woman to win the race, and the third in seven years.

It's her first major marathon victory. She won the Dubai Marathon in 2017, setting an Ethiopian national record in the process.

A half-marathon specialist, Degefa opened up a 20-second advantage by Mile 7. It increased to more than three minutes by the halfway point.

Daniel Romanchuk won the men's wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon with the fastest time ever by an American.

Romanchuk crossed the finish line in an official time of 1 hour, 21 minutes, 36 seconds.

Manuela Schar, meanwhile, is on her way to a sweep of the World Marathon Major women's wheelchair races.

Schar won Boston for the second time on Monday, finishing in 1 hour, 34 minutes, 19 seconds with no one else in sight. She is already the defending champion in Berlin, Chicago, New York and Tokyo. If she wins in London in two weeks, she will have swept the series.

Romanchuk is the youngest winner of the race at 20 years, eight months and 12 days. He is the first American winner since Jim Knaub in 1993.

Romanchuk finished three minutes ahead of Japan's Masazumi Soejima, who was second in 1:24:30. Marcel Hug was third, coming in at 1:26:42.

Romanchuk said: "I knew it was possible, it was just a matter of everything coming together."

Romanchuk's victory breaks up the recent dominance of Hug and Ernst van Dyk, who between them have 14 Boston Marathon victories. Hug had won the previous four Boston races.

Schar, a 34-year-old from Switzerland, was about six minutes slower than the record she set in her other Boston victory two years ago.