The 2015 Boston Marathon winner is Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia in his second Boston Marathon win, having won it in 2013 amid the horrible bombing incident. That year Desisa couldn’t do much celebrating, and chose to give his metal back to the city in honor of the bombing victims, but this year was a much happier occasion when he made his victorious travel across the finish line. His unofficial finish time was 2:09:17.
Spectators could hear Desisa’s cries of “strong Boston,” as he became the 2015 Boston Marathon winner, which was the city’s rallying shout after the 2013 bombing. Desisa beat out the 2014 Boston Marathon winner, Meb Keflezighi of California, whose win had marked the first time a man from the United States was the Boston Marathon winner in 30 years to travel victorious over the finish line. This year, Keflezighi finished eighth in the marathon.
Security was heightened all throughout this year’s Boston Marathon with a route of 26.2 miles. Officials didn’t want a repeat of the bombing that happened two years ago at the race’s finish line, that killed three people and wounded 260. The series of explosions was set by Chechen brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his elder brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted earlier this month, while his brother was killed by the police in a shootout two days after the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon. He later died at a local hospital.
Women’s 2015 Boston Marathon Winner Announced
The winner of the women’s division in the 2015 Boston Marathon was from Kenya, and is Carolina Rotich. Her unofficial time to run the race was 2:24:55, and was a mere four seconds from the second place woman, Mare Dibaba.
Other Winners Information for 2015 Boston Marathon
In the other 2015 Boston Marathon Winner categories, the winner of the men’s wheelchair division was Marcel Hug from Switzerland with an unofficial time of 1:29:53, and the winner of the women’s wheelchair division was American Tatyana McFadden, with an unofficial time of 1:52:54. Other Americans who took some of the top spots in the 2015 Boston Marathon were Desiree Linden, who placed 4th, as well as Shalane Flanagan, who placed 9th.
The 2015 Boston Marathon was the 119th running of this famous foot race that began back in 1897, with fewer than 20 runners in contrast to the more than 30,000 runners in this year’s marathon. This year there were more than 16,000 men, more than 13,000 women and also hundreds of participants in wheelchairs and using hand cycles.
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