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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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'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.

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Best performances from Boston athletes after turning 40 years old

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Best performances from Boston athletes after turning 40 years old

Tom Brady is defying the odds. 

The Patriots quarterback is celebrating his 42nd birthday Saturday and the GOAT is still one of the best players in the NFL. His peers just ranked him as No. 6 on the Top 100 players from the 2018 season.

But Brady isn't ready to call it quits. He has repeatedly cited a desire to play until he's 45, and it would be foolish to bet against him at this point.

He's already had more success after turning 40 than most quarterbacks do over their entire career, but he's not the only athlete to not just play, but thrive, after age 40.

From Robert Parish to Ted Williams to Zdeno Chara to David Ortiz, Boston sports history is full of great seasons from the "over-the-hill" set.

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