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Posted On: 12/12/2016

Buzunesh Deba Named 2014 Boston Marathon Champion

Buzunesh Deba Named 2014 Boston Marathon Champion


Ethiopian athlete also becomes the current course record holder.


BOSTON — Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia has been named the winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, following the disqualification of Rita Jeptoo from the event. Deba finished in a time of 2:19:59. As a result, she becomes the course record holder. Her performance bested that of Margaret Okayo, who ran 2:20:43 in 2002.

 (Photo by Victah/PhotoRun)

On April 21, 2014, the 26-year-old Deba and a lead pack of women set a blistering pace from the line in Hopkinton, remaining at least 45 seconds faster than the checkpoint times of Okayo in 2002. After 25 kilometers, Deba ran even faster and put the remaining competitors in her wake. In what stands as the fastest women's race in Boston Marathon history, the top three women beat Okayo's mark, and Deba's performance is the only women's sub-2:20 performance in race history. In sixth place was Shalane Flanagan, who ran the fastest time ever by an American woman in Boston in 2:22:02, good for ninth fastest all-time.


"I feel great and really happy being named the 2014 Boston Marathon champion, the most prestigious marathon in the world, and I encourage all concerned stakeholders to work on a clean sport," said Deba, who lives in the Bronx with her husband and coach, Worku Beyi.


Deba, a constant member of the John Hancock Elite Athlete Team in the Boston Marathon, finished third in the 2015 with a time of 2:25:09 and seventh in the 2016 race with a time of 2:33:56. She has finished second in the TCS New York City Marathon twice. Her 2014 victory set her personal record by more than three minutes.


"Buzunesh Deba's sub-2:20 performance in 2014 was a magnificent achievement," recalled B.A.A. Chief Executive Officer Tom Grilk. "To emerge victorious in the fastest women's race ever run in Boston was remarkable. We look forward to awarding her the praise she rightfully deserves in 2017."


Originally from Asella, Ethiopia, Deba moved to New York City in 2006. It has not yet been announced if she will compete in the 2017 Boston Marathon.



Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.'s Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2017. The 121st Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.

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