Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono and Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa win in Boston Marathon debuts

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By Jill Martin, CNN

(CNN)The 123rd Boston Marathon almost needed a photo finish.

In the closest finish in the men’s race since 1988, Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono, making his Boston Marathon debut, held off two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia to barely clip the finish line tape first. Cherono was two seconds ahead, in a time of 2:07:57. Right behind in third place was Kenneth Kipkemoi of Kenya, in 2:08:07.
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?Lawrence Cherono?? (2:07:57)
?@LelisaDesisa?? (2:07:59)
?Kenneth Kipkemoi?? (2:08:07)
?Felix Kandie?? (2:08:54)
?Geoffrey Kirui?? (2:08:55)

(CNN)The 123rd Boston Marathon almost needed a photo finish.

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WBZ | CBS Boston News ✔ @wbz #BREAKING: Lawrence Cherono wins the men’s Boston Marathon in a sprint. WHAT A FINISH!
In the closest finish in the men’s race since 1988, Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono, making his Boston Marathon debut, held off two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia to barely clip the finish line tape first. Cherono was two seconds ahead, in a time of 2:07:57. Right behind in third place was Kenneth Kipkemoi of Kenya, in 2:08:07.