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Kenya’s Caroline Rotich won the Boston Marathon on Monday with a dramatic finish.

Rotich won the marathon with a time of 2:24:55, with other the 2nd and 3rd place winners just seconds behind her.

“It got down to three [runners] and I was like, ‘I’m not going to let it go,’ ” Rotich said of the tight conclusion.

Rotich thought the win was close and it was in the 25th mile that she created her plan to win.

“We came to 25 and I was like, ‘It’s almost over,’ and I knew I wouldn’t go all out until the finish,” she said. “But then I started to feel Mare Dibaba and thought I’d finish second.”

Congrats to Rotich!

Image Credit:  AP Photo/Elise Amendola

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  • PurpNGold1

    I’m curious, does anyone else always find themselves rooting for black people in these types of international competitions (swimming, running, whatever) with no regard to nationality?

    I was rooting for Meb keflezighi but only because he’s both black and American…otherwise I don’t care as long as they’re black, even if that means a non-black American loses.

  • vintage3000

    Clutch-the winner of this marathon is actually an Ethiopian man Lelisa Desisa, with 2:09:17 finish time. He also won the year the marathon was bombed. Ms. Rotich was the fastest woman runner, which ain’t too shabby either :-)

    anyhoo you never saw a bunch of standing still white folks in your life when Mr. Desisa crossed that finish line-lmao.

  • Congratulations to both Sister Caroline Rotich and Brother Lelisa Desisa.

  • Niesha

    not surprised…