Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa Benti (unofficial time of 2:10:22) was the fastest man in the field of the 2013 Boston Marathon Monday. It was just the Ethiopian's second marathon, having won the Dubai Marathon in January. [embedgallery id= 134859]
American Jason Hartmann finished fourth for the second year in a row.
Kenya's Rita Jeptoo won the women's field with an unofficial time of 2:26:25.
Ana Dulce Felix was dominating the women's field as of 11:25 a.m. but the veteran Jeptoo closed the gap and overtook her around 11:45 a.m.. The 32-year-old Jeptoo, who crossed the finish line just before noon, won the Marathon in 2006.
Marblehead, Mass. native Shalane Flanagan finished up with a time 2:27:07, placing fourth.
Tatyana McFadden got the Americans off to a good start Monday as she won the women’s wheelchair race with a time of 1:45:25. She had taken the Chicago and New York marathons in the past. McFadden was born in Russia but lives in Maryland.
Japan’s Hiroyuki Yamamoto captured the men’s wheelchair crown with a time of 1:25:32.