Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the men's division of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP/Elise Amendola)

Africa carries the day at Boston Marathon

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia prevailed in the men's race, while Kenya's Rita Jepto won the women's competition

Associated Press
April 15, 2013 8:47PM (UTC)

BOSTON (AP) — Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia has won the 117th edition of the Boston Marathon.

It's just his second race at the 26.2-mile distance. Desisa outsprinted two other East Africans down Boylston Street to win in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 23 seconds.

American Jason Hartmann finished fourth for the second straight year.


Rita Jeptoo won the women's race earlier Monday. It was her second victory in Boston, and her first win in a major race since taking two years off to have a baby.

Shalane Flanagan of nearby Marblehead was fourth in the women's division.

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