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.