In the closest finish in the men’s race since 1988, Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono, making his Boston Marathon debut, held off two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia to barely clip the finish line tape first. Cherono was two seconds ahead, in a time of 2:07:57. Right behind in third place was Kenneth Kipkemoi of Kenya, in 2:08:07.
Desisa won this race in 2013 and 2015.
Scott Fauble and Jared Ward were the top-finishing American men, in seventh and eighth, respectively.
Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia won the women’s race, taking the lead at mile 4 and never relinquishing it. As she approached the finish line, she waved to the cheering crowd. Her time was 2:23:31.
This was Degefa’s Boston Marathon debut. In January, she ran the fourth-fastest marathon ever (though she didn’t win that race), turning in a time of 2:17:41 at the Dubai Marathon.
Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat, the 2017 champion, finished second in 2:24:13. American Jordan Hasay finished third, matching her place from 2017, in 2:25:20. Hasay missed the race last year because of a foot injury.
Daniel Romanchuk became the first American to win the men’s push rim division since 1993. At 20 years old, he is also the youngest to win the event. On the women’s side, Manuela Schär of Switzerland won Boston for the second time. She set the course record in 2017.
There had been some fears for severe weather, but it overall cooperated. At the starting line in Hopkinton, the temperature was 55 degrees with light rain and 11 miles-per-hour winds.