Worknesh Degefa, champion of the 2019 Boston Marathon
The annual Boston marathon, a long distance running event was held yesterday for the 123rd time. In the event, the 28-year-old Ethiopian athlete Worknesh Degefa, who had never even scouted the famous course in person was a star. Workinesh broke from the pack 5 miles into the race and turned it into a solo event. Workinesh broke away from the rest of the field early and ran alone for the last 20 miles to win the women's Boston Marathon, crossing the finish line in a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, 31 seconds. Kenya's Edna Kiplagat was second, coming in at 2:24:13. American Jordan Hasay was third, crossing the line in 2:25:20. "Winning the Boston Marathon is super special to me," Workinesh said after the win, "Even though I'd never seen the course before, last year I watched all the marathon coverage. I kept that in my mind." Workinesh is the eighth Ethiopian woman to win the race, and the third in seven years.