Yet another Boston Marathon was greeted with wet and soggy spring weather, but that didn’t stop Worknesh Degefa from leading the women’s race to a hasty finish.
The 28-year-old athlete, who hails from Assela, Ethiopia, recorded an unofficial run time of 2 hours, 23 minutes and 30 seconds in her first Boston Marathon race. Ranked No. 11 in the world, she boasts a personal best of 2 hours, 17 minutes and 41 seconds — achieved this year on a Dubai,United Arab Emirates, course and listed as an Ethiopian national record.
Worknesh Degefa wears Adidas’ Adizero Adios 3 sneakers.
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Degefa, who was clad in a minty pair of on-sale Adidas’ Adizero Adios 3 sneakers (retailing for $70 on the brand’s website), managed to break away from the pack to a wide lead just four miles into the run — unlike her male counterpart, Lawrence Cherono, who won the men’s race by an incredibly narrow margin.
The Kenyan runner outlasted two-time Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa, sprinting to the finish line after 2 hours, 7 minutes and 59 seconds on-foot. (Desisa followed at 2 hours and 8 minutes.) Cherono opted for Nike’s Vaporfly 4% Flyknit running shoes in a bright crimson colorway, priced at