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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

African domination in Boston marathon overshadowed by blasts

By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh

As usual in most of the international marathon events, the Boston events too went to two African contestants. Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia took the men’s title in the 117th edition of Boston Marathon while Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won the women’s race earlier. This is her second Boston victory.

Interestingly Kenya’s Micah Kogo finished second in the men’s event and Ethiopia’s Meseret Hailu was 33 seconds behind Rita Jeptoo finishing a distant second. This African glory, especially of Ethiopia and Kenya was totally overshadowed by the tragedy that followed the historic sport events.

Hundreds of runners who had expected to leave Boston on Tuesday morning with a sense of triumph after a night of celebration left instead with heavy hearts after at least three people were killed.

The bombings also sent 176 people to area hospitals, including 17 who were critically injured. Among the dead was an 8 year old boy, Martin Richard. President Obama has assured the American people that he will get to the bottom of this.

It was reported that Dr. Natalie Stavas, a pediatric resident at Boston Children’s Hospital, was running in the marathon with her father and was nearing the finish line when the explosions shook the street. We hope those involved in this criminal act will be caught soon and will be made to feel the full weight of justice.

- Asian Tribune -

Lelisa Desisa of Ethopia ends years of Kenyan domination at Boston Marathon with surprise win
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