ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - The Ethiopian winner of this year's Boston Marathon said that he will donate his first-place medal to the people of Boston, telling visiting Secretary of State John Kerry that he wants to honor the dead and wounded from the finish-line bombing.
"Less than two hours after I crossed the finish line as this year's champion, my joy turned to sorrow," Lelisa Desisa said. "This day brought pain to many families and sorrow to many homes," the 23-year-old novice marathoner added as he announced his plan to travel to Boston to return the medal.
Lelisa won the April 15 marathon with a time of 2:10:22. A pair of explosions near the finish line killed three people and injured more than 200 others.