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Ethiopian man and Kenyan woman win races

BOSTON, Mass.: This week, Ethiopian Sisay Lemma, 34, won the Boston Marathon, finishing in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 17 seconds, the 10th fastest time in the race’s 128-year history.

“I ran very fast and very well until halfway. But after that it became increasingly difficult,” Lemma after the race.

He has failed to finish twice before and placed 30th in three previous attempts at the marathon.

“I’ve dropped out of the race several times. But today I won, so I redeemed myself,” he said.

In the women’s race, Hellen Obiri defended her title by beating compatriot Sharon Lokedi by eight seconds, with a final time of 2:27:37.

Two-time Boston champion Edna Kiplagat completed the Kenyan sweep, finishing about 36 seconds behind in third.

Obiri also won the New York Marathon and is among the favorites for the Olympic Games in Paris.

“Defending the title wasn’t easy. Since Boston started it was only six women. So I said, ‘Can I be one of them? If you want to be one of them, you have to work extra hard,'” Obiri said.

“And I’m so happy because I’m one of them now. I’m now in the history books of Boston,” she added.