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Breaking Records, The 2024 Boston Marathon Winners Revealed

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Boston Marathon men's division winner Sisay Lemma, of Ethiopia, and women's division winner Hellen Obiri, of Kenya hold up the trophy at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2024.

Sisay Lemma, from Ethiopia, ran really fast and won the Boston Marathon on Monday. He ran by himself for most of the race and finished in 2 hours, 6 minutes, and 17 seconds. This is the 10th fastest time in the history of the race, which has been happening for 128 years. Public cheers to all marathon winners by heartedly.

Before coming to Boston, Lemma had the fastest time among all the runners. Last year, he won in Valencia and became one of only four people to ever finish a marathon in under 2 hours and 2 minutes. He showed his speed in Boston by leaving the other runners behind in Ashland and getting a lead of more than half a mile.

The first four winners of the 2024 Boston Marathon. Clockwise from top left: Hellen Obiri, Sisay Lemma, Eden Rainbow-Cooper and Marcel Hug. All marathon winners in one frame.
The first four winners of the 2024 Boston Marathon. Clockwise from top left: Hellen Obiri, Sisay Lemma, Eden Rainbow-Cooper and Marcel Hug. All marathon winners in one frame.

During the first half of the race, Lemma ran in 1 hour and 19 minutes. This was faster than the course record set by Geoffrey Mutai in 2011. Mutai finished in 2 hours, 3 minutes, and 2 seconds, which was the fastest marathon at that time.

After crossing the finish line, Lemma fell to the ground and rolled onto his back, smiling happily.

“I decided to start fast from the beginning,” said Lemma. He had won only one other major marathon before, which was in London in 2021. “I kept up the pace, and I won.”

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Mohamed Esa from Ethiopia came in second place, just 41 seconds behind Lemma. Evans Chebet, who had won the Boston Marathon twice before, came in third.

Hellen Obiri successfully defended her title in the women’s race at the Boston Marathon. She sprinted ahead of her fellow Kenyan runner Sharon Lokedi as they reached Boylston Street, securing victory by eight seconds. Obiri’s achievement marks the first time since 2005 that a woman has won back-to-back Boston Marathons. She completed the race on Monday in 2 hours, 22 minutes, and 37 seconds.

Obiri expressed the challenges of defending her title, acknowledging that only six women have achieved this feat in the history of the Boston Marathon. She shared, “Defending the title was not easy. Since Boston started, it’s only six women. So I said, ’Can I be one of them?’ If you want to be one of them, you have to work extra hard.” She expressed her happiness at being included among these elite athletes, saying, “And I’m so happy because I’m now one of them. I’m now in the history books in Boston.”

During the race, the 34-year-old Obiri separated from a group of more than a dozen runners in the second half of the course. She then faced a strong challenge from Sharon Lodeki in the final three miles but managed to maintain her lead for the victory. The podium saw a complete sweep by Kenyan runners, with Lodeki finishing second in 2 hours, 22 minutes, and 45 seconds. Edna Kiplagat, a two-time champion who is 44 years old, secured third place with a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 21 seconds. Kiplagat had finished 30th in the race the previous year.

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Unofficial Marathon Winners result:

This post will be updated as marathon winners finish the race. The times listed here are unofficial results.

As athletes cross the finish line, their times and rankings will be updated. Please note that these results are subject to change until they are officially confirmed.

Stay tuned for the latest updates as more runners complete the marathon.

Men professional time:

isay Lemma of Ethiopia celebrates taking first place in the men's professional field during the 128th Boston Marathon.
isay Lemma of Ethiopia celebrates taking first place in the men’s professional field during the 128th Boston Marathon.
  1. Sisay Lemma, from Ethiopia, finished the race in 2 hours, 6 minutes, and 17 seconds.
  2. Mohamed Esa, also from Ethiopia, completed the marathon in 2 hours, 6 minutes, and 58 seconds.
  3. Evans Chebet, representing Kenya, crossed the finish line with a time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, and 22 seconds. Chebet had previously won the Boston Marathon in both 2022 and 2023.

Women professional time:

Hellen Obiri, of Kenya, raises her arms as she crosses the finish line to win the women's division of the Boston Marathon.
Hellen Obiri, of Kenya, raises her arms as she crosses the finish line to win the women’s division of the Boston Marathon.
  1. Hellen Obiri, representing Kenya, finished the race in 2 hours, 22 minutes, and 37 seconds. This marks her second consecutive victory at the Boston Marathon.
  2. Sharon Lokedi, also from Kenya, completed the marathon with a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes, and 45 seconds.
  3. Edna Kiplagat, also representing Kenya, crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 21 seconds.

Wheelchair Marathon Winners:

Marcel Hug from Switzerland won his seventh men’s wheelchair title at the Boston Marathon. Despite encountering a crash during the race, he managed to set a new course record, finishing in 1 hour, 15 minutes, and 33 seconds.

This new record beats his previous best time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, and 6 seconds, which he achieved last year. Additionally, he was only seven seconds away from setting a new world record. Hug’s victory also extends his impressive streak of winning 11 consecutive major marathon titles.

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In second place was American Daniel Romanchuk, who completed the race in 1 hour, 20 minutes, and 37 seconds. Following closely behind was Britain’s David Weir, finishing in 1 hour, 22 minutes, and 12 seconds.

Hug benefited from favorable conditions, with temperatures in the mid-50s at the start of the race. By the halfway point, he had built a lead of more than 30 seconds over his competitors, securing his dominant victory.

In the women’s race, Britain’s Eden Rainbow-Cooper secured her first Boston Marathon victory, finishing in 1 hour, 35 minutes, and 11 seconds. She was followed by Switzerland’s Manuela Schar, who crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 36 minutes, and 41 seconds, and Australia’s Madison de Rozario, with a time of 1 hour, 39 minutes, and 20 seconds.

This triumph marked Rainbow-Cooper’s first major win. Last year in Boston, the 22-year-old finished seventh. Her previous best performances in major marathons were second place in Tokyo this year and second place in Berlin in 2023.

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Marcel Hug was leading comfortably until he crashed while navigating the turn at the beginning of the Newton Hills section of the course, skidding and hitting a barrier around the 18-mile mark. Despite the setback, he quickly recovered and maintained a nearly four-minute lead over the rest of the field.

Reflecting on the crash, Hug admitted, “It was my fault. I had too much weight, too much pressure from above to my steering, so I couldn’t steer.”

Both Hug and Rainbow-Cooper received $40,000 for their victories and an additional bonus of $50,000 for setting the record. As the favorite for the Paris Paralympic marathon, Hug will represent Switzerland in France this summer.

Men’s wheelchair time:

Marcel Hug, of Switzerland, breaks the tape to win the men's wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2024.
Marcel Hug, of Switzerland, breaks the tape to win the men’s wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2024.
  1. Marcel Hug, representing Switzerland, finished the race in what appears to be a new course record of 1 hour, 15 minutes, and 33 seconds. This marks his seventh victory in the Boston Marathon wheelchair division.
  2. Daniel Romanchuk, from the United States, completed the race with a time of 1 hour, 20 minutes, and 37 seconds.
  3. David Weir, representing the United Kingdom, crossed the finish line with a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes, and 12 seconds.

Women’s wheelchair time:

Eden Rainbow Cooper, of Britain, breaks the tape to win the women's wheelchair division at the Boston Marathon. Eden Rainbow Cooper, of Britain, breaks the tape to win the women's wheelchair division at the Boston Marathon.
Eden Rainbow Cooper, of Britain, breaks the tape to win the women’s wheelchair division at the Boston Marathon. Eden Rainbow Cooper, of Britain, breaks the tape to win the women’s wheelchair division at the Boston Marathon.
  1. Eden Rainbow-Cooper, representing the United Kingdom, finished the race with a time of 1 hour, 35 minutes, and 11 seconds.
  2. Manuela Schär, from Switzerland, completed the race in 1 hour, 36 minutes, and 41 seconds.
  3. Madison de Rozario, representing Australia, crossed the finish line with a time of 1 hour, 39 minutes, and 20 seconds.
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