A funny thing happened to the Boston Marathon on Monday — after two hours and 26-plus miles, it turned into a sprint.
Lawrence Cherono of Kenya won the famed race by only a few strides, overtaking Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa in a mad dash at the finish.
With the runners shoulder-to-shoulder near the end, Cherono found a little more gas to get by Desisa and raise his arms as he crossed the line at 2:07:57.
Desisa, who won the 2013 edition that was marred by a terrorist bombing, clocked in two seconds later for one of the closest finishes in the race’s 123-year history.
Kenneth Kipkemoi of Kenya finished third.
It was big day for first-timers. In addition to Cherono celebrating his first victory in Boston, Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia took her first women’s crown in a major marathon, finishing in 2:23:31.
Edna Kiplagat of Kenya was second, and Jordan Hasay of the U.S. was third.