Monday, April 18, 2016
By: Tom Gitaa
Ethiopians swept the Boston Marathon today for the first time in the raceвЂ™s history, toppling the Kenyans who have dominated the race for decades.
It was a 1-2-3 sweep in the menвЂ™s race with Lemi Berhanu Hayle leading fellow countrymen Lelisa Desisa and Yemane Adhane Tsegay to the finish line. Hayle crossed the finish line with a time of 2:12:45.
In the womenвЂ™s race, the Ethiopians almost shut out the Kenyans as well, as they won in that race as well and also clinched the second position.
Atsede Baysa won the womenвЂ™s race with a time of 2:29:19 hours, 44 seconds ahead of Tirfi Tsegaye, also of Ethiopia. Baysa is also a two-time Chicago Marathon winner.
Joyce Chepkirui came in third to avoid a shut out of the Kenyans. The Kenyan athletes are under intense scrutiny following action by the World Anti-Doping Agency to put Kenya under probation after 40 athletes tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.
During a visit to Minneapolis last November to host running clinics for Minnesotans, the 2014 New York Marathon winner Wilson Kipsang, in informal conversations with this reporter who was a participant in the running clinic, said the performance enhancing scandal in his country is partly due to foreign managers misleading young athletes.