By Priscilla Liguori 04-20-15

 

Rain and gray skies didn’t damper the mood at the 119th Boston Marathon, and they definitely didn’t take a toll on the finishing times.

 

Lelisa Desisa regained his title as men’s first-place champion, two years after he won the 2013 marathon.

 

The Ethiopian runner came in first place with a time of 2:09:17. This beat his time of 2:10:22 he earned in 2013, just hours before the tragic bombings occurred.

 

“I’m happy for No. 1,” Desisa told the Associated Press. “I am happy to win and for a strong Boston 2013.”

 

The first American man to cross the finish line was Dathan Ritzenhein of Michigan. He came in seventh place with a time of 2:11:20.

 

Last year’s men’s winner Meb Keflezighi came finished eighth with a time of 2:12:42.

 

The women’s race had a tight finish, with Caroline Rotich of Kenya making a comeback in the final minute and beating Mare Dibaba of Ethioa. Rotich’s final time was 2:24:55.

 

Desiree Linden, a California native living in Michigan, was the first American woman to complete the race. She concluded with a time of 2:25:39.

 

About 30,000 runners began the 26.2 mile marathon. The course went from Hopkinton to Boylston Street.

 

List of 2015 Boston Marathon Winners:

Men’s Race:

1st: Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) 2:09:17

2nd: Yemane Adhane Tsegay (Ethiopia) 2:09:48

3rd: Wilson Chebet (Kenya) 2:10:22

4th: Bernard Kipyego (Kenya) 2:10:47

5th: Wesley Korir (Kenya) 2:10:49

 

Women’s Race:

1st: Caroline Rotich (Kenya) 2:24:55

2nd: Mare Dibaba (Ethiopia) 2:24:59

3rd: Buzunesh Deba (Ethiopia) 2:25:09

4th: Desiree Linden (USA) 2:25:39

5th: Sharon Cherop (Kenya) 2:26:05

 

Men’s Wheelchair Division:

1st: Marcel Hug (Switzerland) 1:29:53

2nd: Masazumi Soejima (Japan) 1:36:27

3rd: Ernst Van Dyk (South Africa) 1:36:27

4th: Kota Hotinoue (Japan) 1:36:29

5th: Tomasz Hamerlak (Poland) 1:38:14

 

Women’s Wheelchair Division:

1st: Tatyana McFadden (USA) 1:52:54

2nd: Wakako Tsuchida (Japan) 1:53:48

3rd: Susannah Scaroni (USA) 1:57:21

4th: Amanda McGrory (USA) 1:57:21

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