(AA) – An Ethiopian and a Kenyan claimed victory in the 119th edition of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
More than 30,000 runners started the nearly 26.2-mile (42,200-metre) footrace under tight security and grey skies, with a cold drizzle earlier in the day.
Lelisa Desisa comfortably won the race in men’s category by finishing in 2:09:17, just 30 seconds ahead of another Ethiopian, Yemane Adhane Tsegay.
Wilson Chebet of Kenya finished third in 2:10:22.
It was Desisa’s second victory in the Boston Marathon. His last win came in 2013, before two bombs exploded near the finish line, approximately five hours after the race started, resulting in three deaths and more than 260 injured.
He later returned his winner’s medal back the city to honor the victims and families affected by the terrorist attack.
The women’s race witnessed a breathtaking finale, with Kenya’s Caroline Rotich finishing in 2:24:55, only four seconds ahead of Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba.
Another Ethiopian, Buzunesh Deba, finished third, 14 seconds behind the winner.
The top 10 runners to cross the finish line in both categories were dominated by African athletes.
Held first in 1897, the Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon.
This year’s running is estimated to generate a $181.9 million impact to the greater Boston area.