A terrible tragedy occurred at the Boston Marathon following the end of the race.
UPDATE: Monday, April 15, at 7:05 p.m. ET by Josh Cembellin
The Boston Globe reported there were two explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line as the race culminated:
BREAKING NEWS: Two powerful explosions detonated in quick succession right next to the Boston Marathon finsh line this afternoon.— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 15, 2013
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The 2013 Boston Marathon featured a couple of impressive winners, with the men's race coming down to the wire.
Lelisa Desisa—a 23-year-old phenom from Ethiopia—won the men's race in thrilling fashion with just five seconds to spare. The top three men were only six seconds apart, as this race wasn't decided until the bitter end.
Amazingly, this was just Desisa's second race at this distance, according to Chad Finn of the Boston Globe. He'll be a runner to watch for the next handful of years as we gear up for the 2016 Summer Games.
Last year's champion, Wesley Korir of Kenya, finished in fifth place, over two minutes behind the young star, and American runner Jason Hartmann finished in fourth place.
Rita Jeptoo won the women's race by 33 seconds, pulling away from her competition with a stunning kick in the last few thousand meters after she'd been hanging back for most of the race. It was her second Boston Marathon victory, having won it once before back in 2006.
She joyfully celebrated her victory after the race (via Paula Ebben of CBS Boston):
Jeptoo had left the sport from 2008 to 2010 on maternity leave, coming back in 2011 to resume her career, according to Philip Hersch of the Chicago Tribune:
Kenya's Rita Jeptoo had left running from 08-10 for birth of child#Bostonmarathon— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) April 15, 2013
Her incredible return to the pinnacle of this grueling sport is a testament to her dedication to the sport of running, to her work ethic and to her family.
Local favorite Shalane Flanagan, who attended Marblehead High School in Massachusetts, finished in fourth place, less than a minute behind Jeptoo. She was emotional after the race, per ESPN's Bonnie D. Ford:
Flanagan teary-eyed in post-race interview. "Kara and I really wanted to win this for everyone...'' #BostonMarathon— Bonnie D. Ford (@Bonnie_D_Ford) April 15, 2013
Last year's winner, Sharon Cherop of Kenya, finished this year's race in third place.
Here are the final times for the top runners, courtesy of the official Boston Marathon website:
Lelisa Desisa, ETH ||2:10:22
|2||Micah Kogo, KEN ||2:10:27
|3||Gebregziabher Gebremariam, ETH||2:10:28
|4||Jason Hartmann, USA||2:12:12
|5||Wesley Korir, KEN ||2:12:30
|6||Markos Geneti, ETH ||2:12:44
|7||Dickson Chumba, KEN ||2:14:08
|8||Jeffrey Hunt, AUS ||2:14:28
|9||Daniel Tapia, USA ||2:14:30
|10||Craig Leon, USA ||2:14:38|
|1||Rita Jeptoo, KEN ||2:26:25
Meseret Hailu, ETH ||2:26:58|
|3||Sharon Cherop, KEN ||2:27:01
Shalane Flanagan, USA ||2:27:08
Tirfi Tsegaye, ETH ||2:28:09
|6||Kara Goucher, USA ||2:28:11
Madai Perez, MEX ||2:28:59
|8||Diane Nukuri-Johnson, BDI ||2:29:54
|9||Ana Dulce Felix, POR ||2:30:05
|10||Sabrina Mockenhaupt, GER ||2:30:09|
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