Boston Marathon 2019: Elite Winner Photos by Raymond Britt

Boston Marathon 2019 elite runners and wheelchair athletes sprint to exciting victories on Boylston St. in these images.

With less than 200 yards to go, Lawrence Cherono (left) and previous 2-time Boston winner Lelisa Desisa dig deep, going for the win.

With under 15 yards to go, Cherono (right) begins to pull ahead of Desisa. Note: left side is a memorial to the victims of Boston Marathon 2013 Bombings.

Cherono increases the lead to take the win in 2:07:57; Desisa finished two seconds later in 2:07:59.

Worknesh Degefa stunned spectators and expert analysts by defying conventional wisdom, choosing to run out to an early lead of up to three minutes at one point, remaining far in front until the finish. Here, she displays perfect form, about 100 yards prior to victory.

And the richly deserved win was hers. Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia breaks the tape to win her first Boston Marathon. 

Manuela Schar of Switzerland crushed the women's wheelchair field, winning by more than seven minutes, with a 1:34:19.

Defending champion Marcel Hug of Switzerland finished in third place, roughly five minutes behind the winner with a time of 1:26:42.

The Destination: The Spectacular Finish Line. This was taken later in the day when runners from the third and fourth waves were crossing the finish line. Note the dry conditions . . .

... dry conditions that didn't last for long. Seven minutes later, buckets of rain fell on the continuing flow of finishers, who probably didn't notice very much after a long hard run of 26.2 miles.

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