Arizona's Linden, Fauble highlight United States finishers in Boston Marathon

Annette Crawford
April 16, 2019

Defending women's champion and former Arizona State runner Desiree Linden finished fifth overall Monday, and Flagstaff native Scott Fauble was the top American man, finishing seventh overall.

A photo finish, including a sprint to the finish line, decided the elite men's division as Kenya's Lawrence Cherono spoiled the chance for Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia to win his third straight Boston Marathon title.

The women's race was won by Ethiopia's Worknesh Degefa in 2:23.31 ahead of Kenyan Edna Kiplagat and Jordan Hasay of America. But it's still a competition, and a little late-race drama among elite athletes certainly doesn't hurt the viewing experience.

After passing halfway in 70:40 with a lead of nearly two-and-a-half minutes, she stayed strong in the challenging latter stages to eventually claim victory by 42 seconds in 2:23:31 as the experienced two-time world champion and 2017 Boston victor Edna Kiplagat started to chase her down but ran out of road.

The 2019 Boston Marathon will be remembered for one of the most dramatic finishes in race history.

Last year's second-place finisher, full-time nurse Sarah Sellers of Tucson, also improved her time from last year but finished 19th.

Cherono's final time was 2 hours, 7 minutes, 57 seconds.

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