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Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE: Results as Sisay Lemma wins but misses course record

Evans Chebet targets a third successive victory in the men’s elite race but faces stiff competition from Sisay Lemma and Gabriel Geay

Michael Jones
Monday 15 April 2024 17:18 BST
Moment 2023 Boston Marathon winners Evans Chebet and Hellen Obiri cut the finish line

Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma laid down a marker for the Paris Olympics with victory in the Boston Marathon ending Evans Chebet’s pursuit of a third consecutive title. Lemma set the early pace in the men’s elite competition and flew out ahead of the rest of the field to open a gap on the rest.

He was left to his own devices and for three-quarters of the run looked on track to beat the course record. The difficult and hilly last 10km put those thoughts to an end as Lemma’s pace dropped off massively with the chasers only growing stronger. Mohamed Esa came through late on to claim second with Chebet third but the damage was done as Lemma crossed the line over a minute ahead of his rivals.

Hellen Obiri celebrated a second win in as many years in the women’s elite race but was forced to work hard for her victory. Throughout the course she attempted to pull away but was drawn into the field until the final few miles. Five runners broke away with Obiri and Sharon Lokedi further distancing themselves. It was a two-woman race leading to the final mile but the Kenyan had more energy in reserve and powered to the line.

Eden Rainbow-Cooper also became the first British won to claim a title at the Boston Marathon as she triumphed over Manuela Schar in the women’s wheelchair event while Marcel Hug broke his own course record in the men’s wheelchair race as Britain’s David Weir finished third.

Relive our coverage of the marathon with the live blog below:


Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

Sisay Lemma reacts to winning the Boston Marathon: “I am happy and I’m feeling good.

“Since there were no pacesetter I decided that I wanted to start fast early, with no-one following me I kept that pace and I won. The first part of the run I was very good I was running well.

“The last 10km I was so tired but I had to run so I kept running.”

Mike Jones15 April 2024 16:54

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

The women’s elite race is starting to break apart with the pace increasing among the main challengers to win. They’re approaching Brookline with about 10 runners still in the leading group.

Emma Bates has slipped away as Hellen Obiri is near the front.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 16:50

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The city of Boston and the Boston Athletic Association honored the victims, survivors, and first responders of the attack at a wreath-laying ceremony on Monday at the site of the bombing which killed three people and injured hundreds of others.

The race was underway on Monday morning with 30,000 competitors taking part along with the world’s best long-distance runners.

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Race underway Monday morning with 30,000 competitors taking part along with the world’s best long-distance runners

Mike Jones15 April 2024 16:47

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

Mohamed Esa eases to the line in second place with Evans Chebet, the reigning champion, crossing the line in third.

Sisay Lemma’s unofficial winning time was 2:06:17, the eighth fastest time in the Boston Marathon for a men’s elite winner.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 16:45

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

Sisay Lemma wins the Boston Marathon men’s elite race!

He’s done it. The Ethiopian had to work exceptionally hard at the back end of the race but his tactics of heading out early and holding onto his lead has paid off massively.

The victory is his in Boston!

Mike Jones15 April 2024 16:43

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

The course record has gone so Sisay Lemma can enough the applause and cheers from the crowd as he rounds the final bend. Behind him Mohamed Esa has come from nowhere to overtake both Joh Korir and Evans Chebet to take second place as it stands...

Mike Jones15 April 2024 16:42

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

One mile to go for Sisay Lemma but his nearest rivals can now see him once again. Has he got enough left in the tank to comfortably go on to win?

Evans Chebet has upped his pace again and is pulling clear in second.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 16:39

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

Further behind, a push from Emma Bates got the crowd excited as she headed out at the front of the field in the women’s elite race. She’s been drawn back towards the rest and this exertion in energy may come back to haunt her later on in the marathon.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 16:36

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

Sisay Lemma glances at his watch and will know that he’s tracking to miss out on the course record. A chasing duo of Evans Chebet and John Korir have cut the gap again to just 90 seconds behind the leader now.

There’s only two miles to go which seems too little time for them to catch him.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 16:34

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

Emma Bates has recovered and is taking the inside line to move ahead of the rest of the women’s field. This is an interesting tactic from the American who may be trying to open up a gap before the hilly parts of the course.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 16:29

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