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WATCH: Boston Marathon ends with thrilling sprint to the finish

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WATCH: Boston Marathon ends with thrilling sprint to the finish

After a grueling 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston, the Boston Marathon came down to a thrilling sprint to the finish on Boylston Street.

In the end, Lawrence Cherono of Kenya had just enough to edge two-time champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia by two seconds, the third-closest finish in the race's 123-year history.

“It was something amazing,” said Cherono of the race's closest finish since the top two men finished with the same time in 2000. "It was not easy."

In the women's division, Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia cruised to the win, leading for the final 22 miles en route to a 44-second victory over 2017 winner Edna Kiplagat of Kenya. Two Americans — Jordan Hasay and defending champion Des Linden — cracked the top five, finishing in third and fifth place respectively.

“I knew today was going to be a big task to defend,” Linden said on NBCSN. “I had a blast.”

History was made in the men's wheelchair division, with 20-year-old Daniel Romanchuk becoming the youngest Boston winner all-time. Romanchuk, who became the youngest-ever winner of the New York City Marathon in November, also turned in the fastest time by a U.S. wheelchair racer ever in Boston (1:21:36).

Manuela Schär of Switzerland won the women’s wheelchair title for the second time in three years, beating out five-time champ Tatyana McFadden by over seven minutes. Schär now holds the current Boston, Berlin, Chicago, New York City and Tokyo Marathon titles.

Men’s Open Division
1. Lawrence Cherono (KEN) — 2:07:57
2. Lelisa Desisa (ETH) — 2:07:59
3. Kenneth Kipkemoi (KEN) — 2:08:07
4. Felix Kandie (KEN) — 2:08:54
5. Geoffrey Kirui (KEN) — 2:08:55
6. Philemon Rono (KEN) — 2:08:57
7. Scott Fauble (USA) — 2:09:09
8. Jared Ward (USA) — 2:09:25
9. Festus Talam (KEN) — 2:09:25
10. Benson Kipruto (KEN) — 2:09:53

Women’s Open Division
1. Worknesh Degefa (ETH) — 2:23:31
2. Edna Kiplagat (KEN) — 2:24:13
3. Jordan Hasay (USA) — 2:25:20
4. Meskerem Assefa (ETH) — 2:25:40
5. Des Linden (USA) — 2:27:00
6. Caroline Rotich (KEN) — 2:28:27
7. Mary Ngugi (KEN) — 2:28:33
8. Biruktayit Eshetu (ETH) — 2:29:10
9. Lindsay Flanagan (USA) — 2:30:07
10. Betsy Saina (KEN) — 2:30:32

Men’s Push Rim Wheelchair
1. Daniel Romanchuk (USA) — 1:21:36
2. Masazumi Soejima (JPN) — 1:24:30
3. Marcel Hug (SUI) — 1:26:49
4. Aaron Pike (USA) — 1:27:09
5. Ernst Van Dyk (RSA) — 1:27:23
6. Kota Hokinoue (JPN) — 1:29:32
7. Jorge Madera (ESP) — 1:29:32
8. Ryuichi Kawamuro (JPN) — 1:29:35
9. Josh Cassidy (CAN) — 1:29:59
10. Hiroki Nishida (JPN) — 1:31:43

Women’s Push Rim Wheelchair
1. Manuela Schär (SUI) — 1:34:19
2. Tatyana McFadden (USA) — 1:41:35
3. Madison De Rozario (AUS) — 1:41:36
4. Eliza Ault-Connell (AUS) — 1:41:46
5. Susannah Scaroni (USA) — 1:42:35
6. Katrina Gerhard (USA) — 1:43:53
7. Christie Dawes (AUS) — 1:47:16
8. Vanessa De Souza (BRA) — 1:47:23
9. Arielle Rausin (USA) — 1:48:12
10. Sandra Graf (SUI) — 1:48:17

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Carles Gil voted finalist for 2019 MLS Newcomer of the Year Award

Carles Gil voted finalist for 2019 MLS Newcomer of the Year Award

Carles Gil's hard work with the New England Revolution finally is paying off. 

The 26-year-old forward has been voted a finalist for the 2019 MLS Newcomer of the Year Award along with New York City FC's Heber and Toronto FC's Alejandro Pozuelo. The award is given annually to the player who had an outstanding debut season in the MLS after previous professional experience.

The winner of the award is decided by the media, MLS Players, and club technical staffs and will be announced on Oct. 16 ahead of the Revs' playoff matchup with Atlanta United.

Gil becomes the second New England player to be voted a finalist since the award was introduced in 2007 -- Jermaine Jones was a finalist for the Revolution in 2014. Gil tallied 10 goals and 14 assists through 34 games  -- a team high. He was voted JetBlue Revolution Team MVP by the fans, Players' Player of the Year by his teammates and named the Midnight Riders' Man of the Year by New England supporters. 

NYCFC's Heber notched 15 goals and four assists through 22 games while Pozuelo tallied 12 goals and 12 assists through 30 games for Toronto FC. It'll be a close vote, but Gil has a strong case for winning the award -- especially considering he helped propel the Revolution into the 2019 playoffs when no one thought they had a chance. 

He'll be back in action Saturday for the first-round of the 2019 MLS Playoffs against Atlanta United at 1 p.m. ET. 

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'20 Under 25': Ranking the top young Boston athletes for 2020

'20 Under 25': Ranking the top young Boston athletes for 2020

With Tom Brady still excelling at 42 and Zdeno Chara the oldest active player in the NHL, Boston is well represented in the over-40 athlete set. 

But look at the other end of the spectrum, and you can see that there's a bright future for Boston's teams, with a host of up-and-coming stars succeeding before their 25th birthday.

Rafael Devers is leading the American League in several offensive categories, and the Red Sox third baseman should be in the MVP conversation at only 22 years old.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown should make even bigger leaps this season for the Celtics, now that they're assuming larger roles.

Between David Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy, the Bruins have young offensive and defensive stars who should lead the team for a long time to come.

And from N'Keal Harry and Sony Michel on the offense to J.C. Jackson and Chase Winovich on the defense, the Patriots look to have several young players who can take the reins and keep New England's run of success going for a third straight decade.

But which of those athletes has the brightest future? We asked fans to rank the under-25 set from 1-100 on what their peak video game rating would be at the peak of their careers — and when all was said and done, four players grabbed a rating of 90-plus.

Click here for NBC Sports Boston's "20 Under 25" rankings for 2020.>>>>>

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