Lawrence Cherono Outkicks Lelisa Desisa To Win 2019 Boston Marathon

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Monday’s Boston Marathon wasn’t decided in the Newton Hills, a 24th-mile run in 4:31, or a big surge on Hereford. Instead, it came down to the final meters, where Lawrence Cherono pushed past Lelisa Desisa in the last strides to win his first marathon major.

The final margin—two seconds, 2:07:57 to 2:07:59—was greater because Desisa relented when he knew Cherono went past. 

“I kept on focusing and at the end I matched the winner. So I am so happy,” said Cherono, who scored the thrilling victory in his Boston debut.

Just 400 meters earlier, Desisa looked like he was on his way to his third Boston title as he broke away from Cherono and Kenneth Kipkemoi. But on Boylston Street, Cherono had a response. As Kipkemoi dropped back, Cherono moved up to challenge Desisa. As Desisa moved across the road to make things harder for the 30-year-old from Kenya, Cherono latched on. With around 100m meters to go, he threw one last move at Desisa. 

It was enough. Barely.

The victory was the first major marathon victory for Cherono, the 30-year-from Kenya whose best finish came last fall when he ran 2:04:06 to win the Amsterdam Marathon. 

The dramatic finish was preceded by a calm beginning to the race. There were no defining moves in the early stages of the race as the pack was mostly content to run together through a halfway split of 1:04:28. A 22nd mile of 4:46, followed by a 4:48 and a 4:31 broke apart the pack of 15. After 2017 champion Geoffrey Kirui fell off the pace, only Cherono, Desisa and Kipkemoi remained. 

But the outcome was still in doubt, and with a relatively conservative start, all three looked to have plenty left in their legs for the finish. A 25th mile of 4:39 did nothing to create separation. It wasn’t until Desisa’s move just before the turn onto Boylston that the trio broke apart. But Cherono didn’t appear flustered, tracking Desisa as he drifted subtly across the road, partly due to fatigue, but also under duress from a fast closing Cherono.  

The two-second gap is tied for the fourth-closest finish in the history of the race.

Scott Fauble, who ran with the leaders (often doing some of the leading himself), was the first American across the line as he placed seventh in a personal best of 2:09:09. Jared Ward finished behind him in eighth. His time, 2:09:25, is also a lifetime best. Both men, by virtue of their top-ten finish, earned qualifying standards for the 2020 Olympics.

The sub-2:10 performances by Fauble and Ward represented significant breakthroughs for the men themselves and for U.S. men's marathoning overall. Aside from Galen Rupp, no American had broken 2:10 since Meb Keflezighi did so in his Boston victory five years ago.

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


"It's about dang time," Ward exclaimed to laughs in the post-race press conference.

“Today it came together for Scott and I (sub-2:10), and I think in the fall maybe it comes together for someone else. I think the talent’s there, it’s just getting the right race at the right time.”

Fauble chopped a gigantic 3:19 off his personal best, while Ward lowered his by 2:05.

2018 champion Yuki Kawauchi placed 17th in 2:15:29, while American Dathan Ritzenhein took 19th in 2:16:19.

Jenny Simpson Returns To 5th Avenue Mile In Search Of Eighth Title

Jenny Simpson: Transcend (Ep. 1)

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

New York, August, 20, 2019 – Olympic medalist Jenny Simpson will race for her record-extending eighth title and two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis will chase his record-breaking fifth men’s title at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on Sunday, September 8, as they lead a professional athlete field that includes several runners competing in the IAAF World Championships later this fall.

2019 DIII FloXC Countdown: #9 Amherst Men

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 9 DIII men’s spot goes to Amherst, and here's why:

2019 DII FloXC Countdown: #9 UC-Colorado Springs Women

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 9 DII women’s spot goes to UC-Colorado Springs and here's why:

2019 DII FloXC Countdown: #9 Chico State Men

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 9 DII men’s spot goes to Chico State, and here's why:

2019 DIII FloXC Countdown: #9 RPI Women

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 9 DIII women’s spot goes to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and here's why:

2019 FloXC Countdown: #10 Portland Men

null

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. And, be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, August 26th at 10 AM CT. The No. 10 men’s spot goes to Portland and here's why:

2019 FloXC Countdown: #10 Fiona O'Keeffe

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. The No. 10 women’s individual spot goes to Stanford senior Fiona O'Keeffe, and here's why:

2019 FloXC Countdown: #10 Isai Rodriguez

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. The No. 10 men’s individual spot goes to Oklahoma State sophomore Isai Rodriguez, and here's why:

2019 FloXC Countdown: #10 Wisconsin Women

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. And, be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, August 26th at 10 AM CT. The No. 11 women’s spot goes to Notre Dame, and here's why:

2019 DIII FloXC Countdown: #10 Carleton Men

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 10 DIII men’s spot goes to Carleton, and here's why: