Ethiopia's Desisa Wins Boston Marathon

While Rita Jeptoo wins for second time

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 15, 2013 12:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – The second time was the charm for Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, who won the men's portion of the 117th Boston Marathon today with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 22 seconds, five seconds better than his nearest competitor, Kenya's Micah Kogo. It was Desisa's second time running of the marathon, the AP reports. Meanwhile, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won the women's race by a cool 33 seconds.

Jeptoo has won the marathon once before, back in 2006. In the interim, she took two years off to have a baby. Hiroyuki Yamamoto of Japan won the wheelchair race by an even more impressive 39 seconds.

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia pose with a trophy at the finish line after winning the women's and men's divisions of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, April 15, 2013.
Rita Jeptoo of Kenya and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia pose with a trophy at the finish line after winning the women's and men's divisions of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Rita Jeptoo of Kenya kisses the pavement after she crossed the finish line to win the women's division of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, April 15, 2013.
Rita Jeptoo of Kenya kisses the pavement after she crossed the finish line to win the women's division of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Dick Hoyt, foreground left, pushes his son Rick on the Boston Marathon course in Wellesley, Mass., April 15, 2013.
Dick Hoyt, foreground left, pushes his son Rick on the Boston Marathon course in Wellesley, Mass., April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Elite mens marathoners including Levy Matebo, fourth from left, and Markos Geneti, front right, run in the 117th Boston Marathon in Wellesley, Mass., April 15, 2013.
Elite mens marathoners including Levy Matebo, fourth from left, and Markos Geneti, front right, run in the 117th Boston Marathon in Wellesley, Mass., April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Dick Hoyt, left, and his son, Rick, start of the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, in Hopkinton, Mass., April 15, 2013.
Dick Hoyt, left, and his son, Rick, start of the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, in Hopkinton, Mass., April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
Defending champion Josh Cassidy, of Canada, adjusts his wheelchair prior to the wheelchair division start of the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, in Hopkinton, Mass., April 15, 2013.
Defending champion Josh Cassidy, of Canada, adjusts his wheelchair prior to the wheelchair division start of the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, in Hopkinton, Mass., April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, breaks the finish line tape to win the 2013 running of the Boston Marathon in Boston, April 15, 2013.
Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, breaks the finish line tape to win the 2013 running of the Boston Marathon in Boston, April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Rita Jeptoo of Kenya poses with her trophy at the finish line after winning the women's division of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, April 15, 2013.
Rita Jeptoo of Kenya poses with her trophy at the finish line after winning the women's division of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Rita Jeptoo, of Kenya, crosses the finish line to win the women's division of the 2013 running of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013.
Rita Jeptoo, of Kenya, crosses the finish line to win the women's division of the 2013 running of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Robson Souto, right, of Brazil, stops to kiss Laura Cabral, a Wellesley College student from Chicago, during the 117th running of the Boston Marathon in Wellesley, Mass., Monday, April 15, 2013.
Robson Souto, right, of Brazil, stops to kiss Laura Cabral, a Wellesley College student from Chicago, during the 117th running of the Boston Marathon in Wellesley, Mass., Monday, April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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