Monday, April 20, 2009

Thrilling Finish to Womens' Race at 113th Boston Marathon

A few minutes ago, I watched an absolutely thrilling finish of the womens' race of the 113th edition of the Boston Marathon on television.

Coming down Commonwealth Avenue were defending womens champion Dire Tune of Ethiopia, Salina Kosgei of Kenya and American Kara Gaucher.

Gaucher had the lead and could have been the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985.

However, Gaucher faded as they approached Hereford Street and it became a two woman race between Tune and Kosgei.

Neck and neck, Kosgei narrowly beat Tune at the finish line by a second. Upon arriving at the finish line, Tune collapsed and was carried out on a stretcher to receive medical attention.

The TV commentators noted that Tune had foregone water at the last station.

I think I am going to head down to Comm Ave to see if I can watch the race for a few minutes during my lunch break.

There should only be a couple of million people down there.

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