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Desisa Wins 119th Boston Marathon; Rotich Takes Women's Race

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Caroline Rotich, of Kenya, breaks the tape to win the women's division of the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 20, 2015 in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Caroline Rotich, of Kenya, breaks the tape to win the women's division of the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 20, 2015 in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
by JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia has won the 119th Boston Marathon in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 17 seconds.


It's his second victory here. He also won the 2013 race just hours before a pair of bombs exploded at the finish line. Desisa returned after the attacks to donate his medal to the city in memory of the victims.

Caroline Rotich (ROW-tish) won the women's race in an unofficial 2:24:55. It's the first Boston victory for the 30-year-old Kenyan. She finished fourth here in 2011.

Two years after the bombs killed three and wounded 260 more, the world's most prestigious marathon took a tentative step back toward normal.

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