Deribe Merga won the 113th Boston Marathon and Dire Tune came second on the women side – By JIMMY GOLEN – BOSTON (AP)

April 20th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia’s Deriba Merga overcame the disappointment of his Olympic fade to win the Boston Marathon, and Kenya’s Salina Kosgei won the women’s race on Monday while Americans took third in both races for the best U.S. finish since 1985. (more…)

Ethiopia’s Deriba Merga overcame the disappointment of his Olympic fade to win the Boston Marathon, and Kenya’s Salina Kosgei won the women’s race on Monday while Americans took third in both races for the best U.S. finish since 1985.

Merga wilted in the Beijing heat and finished fourth after getting passed in the last quarter-mile. But in Boston he pulled away right before Heartbreak Hill and won in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 42 seconds — almost a full minute ahead of Kenya’s Daniel Rono and American Ryan Hall.

Kosgei won a sprint with defending champion Dire Tune, trading the lead several times in the final blocks of Boylston Street before hitting the tape less than a stride ahead of the Ethiopian in 2:32:16. American Kara Goucher led the three as they crossed the MassPike into Kenmore Square with one mile to go, but she was outkicked down the stretch and finished nine seconds back.

Kosgei said the conditions Monday morning made for a difficult finish.

“I decided I must try. So, I tried,” she said in a television interview. “The wind was a bit stronger. … So, it was very hard.”

The winners take home $150,000 and a laurel wreath.

No American has won in Boston since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach in 1985, when the U.S. women swept the top three and the men came in second and third.

  1. dave
    | #1

    I’ve got a mixed feeling, Deriba Merga makes me proud; but losing our musical icon, king of pope Tilahun Gessesse make me sad.

  2. Tilahun
    | #2

    It is sad to lose Tilahun for those who paid dearly to build the Country now Meles and Tigre Liberation is bent to destroy.

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