Ethiopian double at Boston Marathon with wins for Hayle and Baysa

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 Lemi Berhanu Hayle after winning the 2016 Boston Marathon (Getty Images)
Ethiopia’s Lemi Bernanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa won at the 2016 edition of the Boston Marathon, the 120th running of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race, crossing the line in 2:12:44 and 2:29:19 respectively on Monday (18).

Hayle pulled away from defending champion and Ethiopian compatriot Lelisa Desisa with about a mile to go as the latter came home wearily 47 seconds in arrears with Yemane Tsegay finishing third in 2:14:02, just holding off the Kenyan former champion Wesley Korir by three seconds.

The hot weather in the second half of the race, with temperatures over 20 degrees Celsius, contributed to the modest times.

Baysa, 29 and a two-time Chicago Marathon winner came from 37 seconds at the 22-mile mark to overtake the two women in front of her.

The start of the women's race at the 2016 Boston Marathon (Getty Images)

She passed fellow Ethiopian and sometime training partner Tirfi Tsegaye with two miles left, the latter finishing second in 2:30:03.

Kenya’s Joyce Chepkirui, who was disputing the lead with Tsegaye at 22 miles before Baysa started her long charge for glory, was third in 2:30:50 while fellow Kenyan, defending champion Caroline Rotich, dropped out barely five miles into the race.

Lemi and Baysa’s wins were the first time Ethiopia had won both the men’s and women’s races in Boston.