Lelisa Desisa has won the men’s race at this year’s Boston Marathon and Kenya’s Caroline Rotich came first in the women’s race.
Kenya’s Caroline Rotich took the title in two hours 24 minutes 55 seconds after a sprint finish with Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba.
Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa’s victory at 2:09:17 was more comfortable and he crossed the finish line 30 seconds ahead of his compatriot Yemane Adhane Tsegay.
African runners dominated the top 10 in both races.
This is the second victory for Lelisa Desisa at the Boston Marathon.
Lelisa Desisa’s last came in 2013, the year that a bomb exploded close to the finish some two hours after he crossed the line.
He returned his winner’s medal that year in honor of the three people killed.
“I’m happy to win,” Lelisa Desisa said after Monday’s race.
Caroline Rotich and Mare Dibaba battled for first place in the closing stages of the race, but Rotich was more determined.
She is the fifth Kenyan woman in a row to win at Boston.
Rita Jeptoo, who won the women’s race in 2013 and 2014, has been banned from athletics for two years after testing positive for drugs.
VIDEO Thousands of participants are preparing to take part at this year’s Boston Marathon amid tight security following last year’s bombings.
In last year’s race two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 260.
But the attack has not deterred runners from Monday’s event. More than 36,000 will start – 9,000 more than normal.
Half a million spectators are expected to turn out. They will pass through checkpoints and will not be allowed to bring rucksacks – only clear bags.
Never before has the marathon been run amid so many layers of security.
Thousands of participants are preparing to take part at this year’s Boston Marathon amid tight security following last year’s bombings
Protecting the 26.2 mile route has involved a massive mobilization of law enforcement agencies, including police units, bomb squads and Swat teams from other states.
The Boston police department has erected 8,000 steel barricades, 1,200 more than last year.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick told CBS television on Sunday that the added security measures would assure a “very safe” atmosphere.
Runners and their families posed at the finish line on Sunday, determined to take part in the event.
Many people in the city have been wearing “Boston Strong” T-shirts.
Last year’s winner, Lelisa Desisa, returns to compete again. He has met several victims of the blast, calling them “an inspiration”.
The event will begin with a moment’s silence at the start line at 08:45.
Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, is due to stand trial in November. He has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges, including 17 that carry the death penalty.
Prosecutors allege that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev set off two pressure cooker bombs with his older brother Tamerlan, 26, who later died in a police shoot-out.
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