Last year, Dira Tune finished the Boston Marathon in 8725 s, and Alevtina Biktimirova in 8727 s. This year, Salina Kosgei finished in 9136 s, Dire Tune finished in 9137 s, and Kara Goucher finished in 9145 s.
Victory comes down to a single second, in a two-and-a-half hour event! Michael Phelps’s 0.01 s victory in the 100 m butterfly in Beijing last summer was a relative walk in the park: his margin of victory was about twice as big as Kosgei’s margin over Tune this year.
In the last two years, the women’s finishes in the Boston Marathon have been two of the greatest spectacles in all of sports. And I got to see both, in person. Patriots’ Day is probably my favorite Monday all year.