BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Lemi Berhanu Hayle of Ethiopia pulled away from defending champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia with just over a mile to go and won the 2016 Boston Marathon Monday.

He finished in 2:12:45.

READ MORE: Boston Police Arrest Uber Driver Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Woman

“Very difficult,” Hayle told WBZ-TV’s David Wade through a translator after the race.

Watch: Hayle On Winning 2016 Boston Marathon

Hayle, 21, earned his first major marathon victory. He has run four smaller marathons since 2014, winning three and finishing second in Dubai in January.

READ MORE: GoFundMe Pages For Pembroke Crash Victims Raise Over $200,000

Desisa, the 2013 and 2015 champion, came in second at 2:13:32.

Yemane Tsegay made it a sweep for Ethiopia by finishing third in 2:14:02.

Check: Top Finishers

Zachary Hine of Dallas was the top American.  He finished tenth with a time of 2:21:37.

MORE NEWS: Subaru Recalls Cars And SUVs With Potential Engine, Suspension Problems

(TM and © Copyright 2016 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)