Boston Marathon

Ethiopia's Deriba Merga overcame the disappointment of his Olympic fade to win the Boston Marathon on Monday, and Kenya's Salina Kosgei won the closest women's race in the history of the event.

Americans took third in both races for the best U.S. finish since 1985.

Merga, who was passed in the last quarter-mile and finished fourth in Beijing, pulled away before Heartbreak Hill and won in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 42 seconds -- almost a full minute ahead of Kenya's Daniel Rono and American Ryan Hall.

Kenya’s Salina Kosgei won the closest women’s race in the 113-year history of the Boston Marathon, while Ethiopia’s Deriba Merga won the men's portion of the Boston Marathon on Monday. Americans took third in both races.

That's the best U.S. finish since 1985.

A local endurance runner is planning to run the Boston Marathon four times in a row to benefit wounded soldiers.

John O’Connor, from Haverhill, Mass., is supporting the Wounded Warrior Project with his endurance run at the Boston Marathon and hopes to give back to the men and women of the armed forces.

Top 10 Women Finishers
1. Salina Kosgei KEN 2:32:16
2. Dire Tune ETH 2:32:17
3. Kara Goucher USA 2:32:25
4. Bezunesh Bekele ETH 2:33:08
5. Helena Kirop KEN 2:33:24
6. Lidiya Grigoryeva RUS 2:34:20
7. Atsede Habtamu ETH 2:35:34
8. Colleen S. De Reuck USA 2:35:37
9. Alice Timbilili KEN 2:36:25
10. Alina Ivanova RUS 2:36:50

Top 10 Men Finishers
1. Deriba Merga ETH 2:08:42
2. Daniel Rono KEN 2:09:32
3. Ryan Hall USA 2:09:40
4. Tekeste Kebede ETH 2:09:49
5. Robert Cheruiyot KEN 2:10:06
6. Gashaw Asfaw ETH 2:10:44
7. Solomon Molla ETH 2:12:02
8. Evans Cheruiyot KEN 2:12:45
9. Stephen Kiogora KEN 2:13:00
10. Timothy Cherigat KEN 2:13:04