- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

BOSTON (AP) - Kenya’s Salina Kosgei won the women’s race in the Boston Marathon and Ethiopian Ethiopian Deriba Merga took the men’s title as Americans finished third in both divisions.

Kosgei outkicked defending champion Dire Tune and American Kara Goucher on Boylston Street to win by less than a stride.

Kosgei said the weather Monday morning made for a difficult race.

“I decided I must try. So, I tried,” she said in a television interview. “The wind was a bit stronger. … So, it was very hard.”

Merga, who faded in the Olympics and was passed in the final 400 yards, finished in a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 41 seconds. Kenyan Daniel Rono was second and American Ryan Hall was third.

The winners take home $150,000 and a laurel wreath.

No American has won in Boston since 1985.

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