Merga, Kosgei Win 2009 Boston Marathon

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Kenya’s Salina Kosgei won the closest women’s race in the 113-year history of the Boston Marathon, while Ethiopia’s Deriba Merga won the men's portion of the Boston Marathon on Monday. Americans took third in both races.

That's the best U.S. finish since 1985.

Deriba Merga, faded at the end of the Beijing Olympics Marathon, eventually finishing fourth. In the Boston Marathon, he won in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 42 seconds, nearly a full minute ahead of Kenya’s Daniel Rono and American Ryan Hall.

Salina Kosgei battled with both Ethiopian Dire Tune and 3rd-place American Kara Goucher. The lead was traded back and forth several times in the final blocks of the Boston Marathon. Kosgei took the race less than a stride ahead of Tune at 2:32:16. American Kara Goucher finished 9 seconds back.

First, second and third places in both men's and women's Boston Marathon races take home $150K,$75K, and $40K.

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