Women who owned the Boston Marathon

Worknesh Degefa and Manuela Schár came away victorious from the Boston Marathon 2019.

Worknesh Degefa

Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa dominated the Boston Marathon as she surged ahead of the other female athletes after the fourth mile. She kept her lead position all the way to Boylston Street and won the 26.2 mile race in a fantastic 2:23:31.

It was clear to see why she holds the title as the fourth-fastest woman of all time, at one point leading ahead of the pack by two minutes and 59 seconds.

Manuela Schár

Switzerland’s Manuela Schár also came away victorious yesterday as she took the lead in the women’s wheelchair race. She won her second Boston Marathon in 1:34:19. With defending champion Tatyana McFadden finishing in 01:41:35.

Manuela had to drop out of last year’s marathon but expressed that she was happy to be back.

“It feels so great to be back. I had my best experience here and my worst experience here, and I’m happy it was the way it was today,” she said.

Joan Benoit Samuelson

Another worthy mention is the legendary, Joan Benoit Samuelson, who at 61 years old finished within 30 minutes of her winning race time set 40 years ago. Read more on Joan’s victory here.

Congratulations to all the awe-inspiring athletes! You can see a breakdown of the top 5 finishing times below.

Women’s wheelchair race results:

Manuela Schár: 1:34:19
Tatyana McFadden: 1:41:35
Madison de Rozario: 1:41:36
Eliza Ault-Connell: 1:41:46
Susannah Scaroni: 1:42:34

Women’s race results:

Worknesh Degefa: 2:23:31
Edna Kiplagat: 2:24:13
Jordan Hasay: 2:25:20
Meskerem Assefa: 2:25:40
Des Linden: 2:27:00

Men’s wheelchair race results:

Daniel Romanchuk: 1:21:36
Masazumi Soejima: 1:24:30
Marcel Hug: 1:26:42
Aaron Pike: 1:27:09
Ernst van Dyk: 1:27:23

Men’s race results:

Lawrence Cherono: 2:07:57
Lelisa Desisa Benti: 2:07:59
Kenneth Kipkemoi: 2:08:07
Felix Kandie: 2:08:54
Geoffrey Kirui: 2:08:55


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