Elite African Runners Safe After Boston Marathon Bomb Blasts
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April 15, 2013.
Second place finisher of the Boston Marathon, Kenyan Micah Kogo, and his team are safe after two bomb blasts near the finish line shattered the celebratory atmosphere at the city’s annual race. The blasts occurred two hours after six Africans, three Americans and one Australian became the top 10 finishers. The two explosions were in close proximity to each other, with the first striking at 2:50 pm Eastern Daylight Time, followed about 10 seconds later by the second device.
The winner of last year’s Boston Marathon, Wesley Korir of Kenya, came in fifth. Filmmaker Annette Ruah, in Boston taping the Marathon for a show surrounding the African athletes, including Korir who is an elected member of the Kenyan National Assembly, tells The Africa Channel that “Wesley and his team are all safe and accounted for. Still shaken from the turn of events and how close it hit home.”
Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa crossed the finish line first, followed closely by Kogo and third-place winner and fellow Ethiopian Gebregziabher Gebremariam.
The top three winners in the Women’s division are also from Africa; Rita Jepton (Kenya), Meseret Hailu (Ethiopia) and Sharon Cherop (Kenya).