Boston Marathon 2019 winners: Lawrence Cherono takes men’s race, Worknesh Degefa cruises to women’s title

first_imgFirst time was the charm for a pair of elite runners at the Boston Marathon with an eye toward the past as the famous race was contested on April 15 for the first time since terrorists’ bombs marked it forever in 2013.Lawrence Cherono, running in his first Boston Marathon, edged out two-time winner Lelisa Desisa by two seconds to win the men’s title and Worknesh Degefa, also a first-timer in Boston, ran away from the elite women’s’ field to claim the victory in the 123rd running of the famous race. Degefa, of Ethiopia, covered the 26.2 miles in 2:23:31. Cherono, of Kenya, covered the distance in 2:07:57, just two ticks head of Ethiopia’s Desisa, who won in Boston in 2013 and 2015. What a finish! Congratulations Lawrence Cherono! 2019 Boston Marathon Men’s Elite Champ🥇— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 15, 2019Kenneth Kipkemoi, also of Ethiopia, was eight seconds back of Desisa at 2:08:07. Cherono was well off the record set by countryman Geoffrey Mutai in 2011 at 2:03:02.Men’s Elite #Boston2019 results:🥇Lawrence Cherono🇰🇪 (2:07:57)🥈@LelisaDesisa🇪🇹 (2:07:59)🥉Kenneth Kipkemoi🇰🇪 (2:08:07)🏅Felix Kandie🇰🇪 (2:08:54)🏅Geoffrey Kirui🇰🇪 (2:08:55)— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 15, 2019Women’s Elite Race #Boston2019 results:🥇Worknesh Degefa🇪🇹 (02:23:31)🥈@KiplagatEdna🇰🇪 (02:24:13)🥉Jordan Hasay🇺🇸 (02:25:20)🏅Meskerem Assefa🇪🇹 (02:25:40)🏅@des_linden🇺🇸 (02:27:00)— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 15, 2019Some 30,000 runners set off from Hopkinton in damp but relatively warm conditions, with temperatures in the 50s as the race progressed on the sixth anniversary of the bombings that killed three and injured hundreds more, some very seriously.Since 2015, April 15 has been dubbed One Boston Day. Announcers at the marathon’s finish line were to offer a tribute just before 2:49 p.m. ET, the time the first bomb went off in 2013.Meanwhile, the Red Sox (wearing uniforms with “Boston” on the front instead of the usual “Red Sox” on home whites) held a moment of silence before facing the Orioles in the annual Patriots Day morning game.Also at Fenway Park, two first-responders — EMT Christopher Holgate and paramedic Randall Souza — were to be honored in the middle of the fourth inning. They were stationed near the finish line of the 2013 marathon and were among the first to provide care.At times running without another woman in sight, Degefa, who finished well off countrywoman Buzunesh Deba’s time of 2:19:59 in 2014, was comfortable enough with her lead in the late going that she was smiling and waving to the crowd as she made her way to the finish.  Cherono wasn’t allowed that kind of relaxation, as he led a pack of runners at the 25-mile mark (his split at that point being 4:09 for the previous mile) and held off Desisa by mere seconds at the finish line.Among American runners, Jordan Hasay finished fourth in the women’s race in 2:25:20 and Scott Fauble was seventh in the men’s race in 2:09:09.Your first American woman in the #BostonMarathon Women’s Elite race and 3rd overall! @JordanHasay— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 15, 2019Earlier Monday, the push-rim wheelchair races saw Daniel Romanchuk prevail on the men’s side and Manuela Schaer win the women’s category. At 20, Romanchuk became the youngest push-rim athlete to win the event and the first American to claim the Boston Marathon title since 1993.He did it! Daniel Romanchuk🇺🇸 is your #Boston2019 men’s push rim champion 🏆At just 20, he is the youngest push rim athlete to win the race here in Boston and the first American to do it since 1993! Big day for Daniel 💪— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 15, 2019last_img read more

RBI allows emandates on credit debit cards for recurring transactions

first_imgMumbai: The Reserve Bank on Wednesday permitted processing of e-mandate on credit and debit cards for recurring transactions (merchant payments) with a cap of Rs 2,000. The RBI has been receiving requests from industry stakeholders to allow processing of e-mandate on cards for recurring transactions with Additional Factor of Authentication (AFA) during e-mandate registration and first transaction. “…it has been decided to permit processing of e-mandate on cards for recurring transactions (merchant payments) with AFA during e-mandate registration, modification and revocation, as also for the first transaction, and simple / automatic subsequent successive transactions,” the RBI said in a circular. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis, the RBI said, has been done keeping in view the changing payment needs and the requirement to balance the safety and security of card transactions with customer convenience. The maximum permissible limit for a transaction under the e-mandate facility on cards would be Rs 2,000. The RBI added that no charges should be levied or recovered from the cardholder for availing the e-mandate facility on cards for recurring transactions.last_img read more