WATCH: Boston Marathon ends with thrilling sprint to the finish

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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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