The 119th running of the Boston Marathon, amid a soaking rain, strong cold winds and heavy security, came down to a near photo finish in the women’s division. Caroline Rotich of Kenya broke the tape first with a time of 2:24:55, edging Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia by just four seconds. It was Rotich’s first major marathon victory. Prior to Monday’s big win, the 30-year-old’s most prominent victory was a first-place finish at the Prague Marathon on 2013, according to The New York Times. Rotich and Dibaba ran nearly the entire race side-by-side and the two battled it out on Boylston Street, the race’s final stretch. Watch this video of the exciting finish showing Rotich pull away just yards from the finish line to clinch the big win. On the men’s side, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopa ran away to a first place finish with a commanding lead and a time of 2:09:17.
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