Cherono in last gasp Boston Marathon win

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This year, however-perhaps due to the unflinching law of averages or simply because there's some sort of pixie dust in the air-is a different story, because as Lawrence Cherono and Lelisa Desisa came down the homestretch on Monday morning, the famed battle of endurance turned into a flat-out drag race.

There was disappointment for defending Boston champion Yuki Kawauchi of Japan, who never challenged the leading pack before crossing the finish line in 17th place.

While Kenya's Cherono claimed victory by just two seconds ahead of Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa after the pair and Kenya's Kenneth Kipkemoi split away from a large lead group, Ethiopia's Degefa made her move just four miles into the women's race and at one point had a lead of nearly three minutes ahead of her rivals.

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. Degefa finished in 2:23:31.

The 28-year-old had forged into a two-minute lead by the 12-mile mark and had pulled away to lead by four minutes through 20 miles. Kiplagat then began the chase to reduce Degefa's lead by nearly 30 seconds at 35km.

American Jordan Hasay claimed the last podium place in 2:25:20.

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