Ethiopia’s Deriba Merga overcame the disappointment of his Olympic fade to win the Boston Marathon today, and Kenya’s Salina Kosgei won the closest women’s race in the history of the event. Americans took third in both races for the best US finish since 1985. Merga, who was passed in the last quarter-mile, pulled away and won in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 42 second—almost a full minute ahead of Kenya’s Daniel Rono and American Ryan Hall.
Kosgei won a sprint with defending champion Dire Tune, trading the lead several times in the final blocks of Boylston Street before hitting the tape less than a stride ahead of the Ethiopian in 2:32:16. American Kara Goucher led the three as they crossed the MassPike into Kenmore Square with one mile to go, but she was outkicked down the stretch and finished 9 seconds back.