Kosgei and Merga win Boston Marathons

BOSTON, Massachusetts: Deriba Merga of Ethiopia triumphed in the men''s race while Kenya''s Salina Kosgei snatched the women''s title in the 113th Boston Marathon here on Monday, as.

Kosgei''s winning time of 2hr 32min 16sec was relatively slow, but her finish, as she edged 2008 champion Dire Tune of Ethiopia at the line - didn''t lack for drama.

Last year, Tune edged Alevtina Biktimirova to win by two seconds in what was then the closest women''s finish ever.

This time around she and Kosgei traded the lead several times in the closing metres before Kosgei was able to cross the line first.

The only closer finish in the race''s history was in 2000, when Elijah Lagat beat Gezahegne Abera with matching times of 2:09:47.

American Kara Goucher, who led with a mile to go, faded and finished third in 2:32.25.

Kosgei and Merga, both were presented the prize money of $150,000.