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: Business Is Booming For Needham Woman Who Opened Luxury Chocolate Shop During Pandemic
“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: Trucking Company President To Plead Guilty In Randolph, NH Crash That Killed 7 Motorcyclists
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.
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Zachary Hine of Dallas was the top American. He finished tenth with a time of 2:21:37.MORE NEWS: I-Team Call For Action Helps Cape Couple Get $15,000 Refund For Canceled Cruise
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