2016 Boston Marathon

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2016 Boston Marathon
Berhanu Lemi Hayle.jpg Atsede Baysa Tesema.jpg
Winners Lemi Berhanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa approaching the halfway point
Venue Boston
DatesApril 18
  2015
2017  

The 2016 Boston Marathon was the 120th running of the Boston Athletic Association's mass-participation marathon. It took place on Monday, April 18 (Patriots' Day in Massachusetts). Both of the winners were from Ethiopia: the men's race was won by Lemi Berhanu Hayle in a time of 2:12:45. Atsede Baysa won the women's race with a time of 2:29:19.

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Course

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Course map

The event ran along the same winding course the Marathon has followed for many decades 26 miles 385 yards (42.195 km) of roads and city streets, starting in Hopkinton and passing through six Massachusetts cities and towns, to the finish line beside the Boston Public Library, on Boylston Street in Boston's Copley Square. [1]

Over 30,000 valid entries were submitted, with an approximate total of 27,500 runners starting the race. All 50 US states were represented at the marathon, as well as several U.S territories, including Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S Virgin Islands. [2]

The race was broadcast live on WBZ-TV in Boston and on NBC Sports in the rest of the United States.

Race summary

Joyce Chepkirui, Tirfi Tsegaye and Valentine Kipketer lead the women at mile 19 2016 Boston Marathon lead women at mile 19.jpg
Joyce Chepkirui, Tirfi Tsegaye and Valentine Kipketer lead the women at mile 19
Second place Lelisa Desisa leads eventual winner Lemi Berhanu Hayle at mile 19 2016 Boston Marathon lead men at mile 19.jpg
Second place Lelisa Desisa leads eventual winner Lemi Berhanu Hayle at mile 19

Race day was sunny and warm, with temperatures around 70 F (21 C) and a little wind. Security was extensive, with police from several towns and national guard patrolling along the course. [3]

Women

Defending women's champion Caroline Rotich entered but did not complete the race, withdrawing after 5.0 miles (8.0 km). Three runners, Joyce Chepkirui, Tirfi Tsegaye and Valentine Kipketer led at 19.0 miles (30.6 km). Eventual winner, Atsede Baysa, well behind (by 37 seconds) even at 22.0 miles (35.4 km), passed second and third-place finishers Tsegaye and Chepkirui with two miles to go. [4] [5]

Men

Lelisa Desisa, who won Boston in 2013 and 2015, and 21-year-old Lemi Berhanu Hayle led the men's field for most of the race. Hayle pulled ahead of Desisa off the Massachusetts Turnpike into Kenmore Square at 25 miles (40 km), maintaining his lead to take the finish line. [6] Yemane Tsegay came in third, completing a podium sweep for Ethiopia. [7] [8]

Wheelchair

In the wheelchair races, Marcel Hug won his second Boston Marathon in a three-way finish with ten-time winner Ernst van Dyk and Kurt Fearnley. Tatyana McFadden won her fourth successive title, a full minute ahead of Manuela Schär and 2015 runner-up Wakako Tsuchida. [5]

Results

Official results from the Boston Athletic Association: [9]

Elite Men
PlaceAthleteNationalityTime
Gold medal icon.svg Lemi Berhanu Hayle Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2:12:45
Silver medal icon.svg Lelisa Desisa Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2:13:32
Bronze medal icon.svg Yemane Tsegay Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2:14:02
4 Wesley Korir Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:14:05
5 Paul Lonyangata Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:15:45
6 Sammy Kitwara Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:16:43
7 Stephen Chebogut Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:16:52
8 Abdi Nageeye Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2:18:05
9 Getu Feleke Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2:18:46
10 Zachary Hine Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:21:37
Elite Women
PlaceAthleteNationalityTime
Gold medal icon.svg Atsede Baysa Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2:29:19
Silver medal icon.svg Tirfi Tsegaye Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2:30:03
Bronze medal icon.svg Joyce Chepkirui Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:30:50
4 Jeļena Prokopčuka Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 2:32:28
5 Valentine Kipketer Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:33:13
6 Flomena Cheyech Daniel Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:33:40
7 Bizunesh Deba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2:33:56
8 Fate Tola Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2:34:38
9 Neely Spence Gracey Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:35:00
10 Mamitu Daska Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2:37:31

Wheelchair

Men
PlaceAthleteNationalityTime
Gold medal icon.svg Marcel Hug Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1:24:06
Silver medal icon.svg Ernst van Dyk Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 1:24:06
Bronze medal icon.svg Kurt Fearnley Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1:24:06
4 David Weir Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 1:26:17
5 James Senbeta Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1:26:19
Women
PlaceAthleteNationalityTime
Gold medal icon.svg Tatyana McFadden Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1:42:16
Silver medal icon.svg Manuela Schär Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1:43:30
Bronze medal icon.svg Wakako Tsuchida Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1:43:34
4 Susannah Scaroni Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1:46:53
5 Amanda McGrory Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1:49:31

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