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Runner-Up In The 2024 Boston Marathon, Sisay Lemma Of Ethiopia

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Runner-Up In The 2024 Boston Marathon, Sisay Lemma Of Ethiopia

(CTN News) – The 2024 Boston Marathon was won by Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia in 2:06:17 after he surged early and held on to the lead.

Lemma, 33, ran 2:01:48 in the 2023 Valencia Boston Marathon. During the competition, he attempted to challenge two-time defending champion Evans Chebet of Kenya. Despite this, in Lemma’s previous three attempts at Boston, she had failed to finish twice, and in 2019, she finished 30th.

“I desired redemption. The reason I came,” he said as he crossed the finish line. The fact that I have been able to redeem myself is a blessing from God.

It was Mile 5 when Lemma made a strong move, taking the lead and quickly pulling away from the field as a result. Lemma’s offensive strategy set the tone early on, putting a talented opposition on the defensive.

The blistering pace he displayed became evident when he reached the halfway mark in 60:19, which put him on track to set a “world’s best” time (since an official world record would not count in Boston). By the end of the race, Lemma had built up a lead of more than three minutes.

It would have been my intention to break the course record, but it’s so hilly-up and down-that I became fatigued.” Lemma said afterward.

After pushing through the Newton hills, the veteran Boston Marathon runner began to tire slightly, and a chasing pack, including Chebet, narrowed his lead to just over two minutes.

It was Chebet and John Korir of Kenya who chased desperately to close the gap in the final miles, but were unable to catch Lemma. As a result of a late charge, Kenyan Mohamed Esa passed both Korir and Chebet, finishing in second place with a time of 2:06:58.

As he prepares for the 2024 Paris Olympics in August, where a Boston Marathon is scheduled to take place on a hilly course, Lemma said his victory in Boston will serve as valuable preparation.

“I came here because I knew that the Boston Marathon would be similar to the Paris Boston Marathon because of the hills,” Lemma concluded. As a result, I am glad I took the initiative, and it will serve me well in my future endeavors as well.”


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Salman Ahmad is a seasoned writer for CTN News, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the platform. With a knack for concise yet impactful storytelling, he crafts articles that captivate readers and provide valuable insights. Ahmad's writing style strikes a balance between casual and professional, making complex topics accessible without compromising depth.

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