By Sawyer Smook-Pollitt
Boston University News Service
The 125th Boston Marathon has its winners. Finishing first was Switzerland’s Marcel Hug, 35, and Manuela Schär, 36, winning the men’s and women’s wheelchair race respectively, while Kenya’s Benson Kipruto, 30, and Diana Kipyogei, 27, collected top honors for the men’s and women’s elite race respectively, themselves.
Getting the earliest start at just past 8 a.m. Monday morning, Hug logged a time of 01:18:11. He led the men’s wheelchair division by just over seven seconds, and just narrowly missed setting his own personal best time and a $50,000 bonus by missing a right turn onto Boylston Street near the end of the race.
Schär, who finished at 01:35:21, had a nearly 15-minute lead ahead of American Tatyana McFadden, 32, who came in second in the women’s wheelchair division with a time of 01:50:20.
In the elite race, Kipruto secured his first Boston Marathon win with a time of 02:09:51, ahead of second place men’s finisher Lemi Berhanu, 27, from Ethiopia who clocked in at 02:10:37.
Kipyogei, in her major marathon debut, finished just 23 seconds ahead of the second place women’s finisher, fellow Kenyan Edna Kiplagat, 41, who came in at 02:25:09.
For Para Athlete runners, Charles “Chaz” Davis, 28, from the United States, finished first in the men’s T11/T12 division with a time of 02:46:52. Davis is a former Paralympian who raced in the Boston Marathon in 2018 but did not place.
Christopher Lancaster, 45, from the United States, finished first in the men’s T13 division with a time of 03:38:15.
Misato Michishita, 44, from Japan, finished first in the women’s T11/T12 division with a time of 03:08:14. Brazil’s Tayana Passos, 34, finished first in the women’s T13 division with a time of 03:25:45.
Marko Cheseto Lemtukei, 38, from Kenya and representing the United States, came in first in the male T61-T64 division with a time of 02:53:09. In the 2019 Boston Marathon, he set a world record for his division with a time of 02:42:33.
Liz Willis, 35, from the United States, came in first in the women’s T61-T64 division with a time of 04:04:01.