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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

Eden Rainbow-Cooper has passed the halfway stage of the women’s wheelchair race. She’s still 34 seconds ahead of the pre-race favourite Manuela Schär.

Can the Brit hold her lead in tact for the rest of the race? We’ll find out soon enough.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 14:54

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

Sisay Lemma, Evans Chebet and Zouhair Talbi have broken away ahead of the rest of the men’s elite field but they slacken off the pace and the rest of the contenders catch them back up after 15 minutes or so running.

They’re all just testing each other out in these opening stages.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 14:52

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

Hellen Obiri is the favourite to win the women’s elite this afternoon. She won this race last year and followed that victory up with a win at the New York Marathon.

The women contenders get their race going now as well. All the main races are now underway.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 14:47

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

It should come as no surprise that Marcel Hug took an early lead in the men’s wheelchair race. He passes the halfway mark in 35:38 which is close to a minute faster than his own course record set last year.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 14:42

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

One to keep an eye on throughout the next hour or so is Eden Rainbow-Cooper. The Brit came second at the Tokyo Marathon earlier this year but just flew through the 15km mark with a 34 second lead in the women’s wheelchair race.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 14:42

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

Here we go!

The men’s elite race is underway. The first few miles are downhill meaning this will be a quick start before things begin to get more difficult as the marathon goes on.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 14:38

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

Back at the start, the men’s elite race is about to get started. Sisay Lemma, Gabriel Geay and Evans Chebet are all introduced by the announcer along with United States favourite Elkanah Kibet.

If Chebet wins he’ll become the fifth man to win three editions of the Boston Marathon.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 14:37

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

Six-time Boston champion Marcel Hug, Daniel Romanchuk and Aaron Pike are the leading contenders in the men’s wheelchair race which began 30 minutes or so ago.

They competitiors have already reached the 11 mile stage with Great Britain’s David Weir going well.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 14:33

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

The current weather in Hopkinton is 12 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Almost perfect conditions to get this marathon underway.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 14:31

Boston Marathon 2024 LIVE

It’s almost time for Eurosport coverage of the Boston Marathon to begin (2.30pm BST). Based on previously reported timings the men’s and women’s wheelchair races are already underway with Handcycle and Duos set to start in a few minutes.

The men’s elite race heads out at 2.37pm with the women’s elite following at 2.45pm.

Mike Jones15 April 2024 14:25

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