The winners of the 2024 Boston Marathon  

Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia set a scorching pace and held on to win the Boston Marathon on Monday, running alone across most of the course to finish in 2 hours, 6 minutes, and 17 seconds, the 10th fastest time in the event's 128-year history.  

Lemma came in Boston with the quickest time in the field, becoming only the fourth person ever to break 2 hours and 2 minutes after winning in Valencia last year.   

And the 2021 London winner demonstrated it on the course, pulling away from the pack in Ashland and setting up a lead of more than a half-mile.  

Lemma completed the first half in one hour and 19 minutes, 99 seconds faster than Geoffrey Mutai's course record pace in 2011, when he finished in 2 hours, 3 minutes, and 2 seconds, the fastest marathon in history up to that point.  

After reaching the finish line, Lemma slumped to the pavement and sprawled onto his back, smiling.  

"I decided that I wanted to start fast early," added Lemma, whose only other major marathon triumph came in 2021 in London. "I kept the pace and I won."  

Fellow Ethiopian Mohamed Esa narrowed the distance in the final several miles to finish second by 41 seconds, with two-time defending winner Evans Chebet in third.  

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