Born in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region, Lelisa made his breakthrough on to the senior international scene at road races in 2010, beginning with a sub-60 minute run for third place at the Zayed International Half Marathon in January. … In his debut over the marathon distance, he made one of the fastest ever debuts by winning the 2013 Dubai Marathon in a time of 2:04:45 hours. He was surprised by the quick time and said he would like to make a world record attempt in the future. Three months later, in the 2013 Boston Marathon, he took the victory in a time of 2:10:22. Desisa was not hurt in the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred after his victory.
About the Dubai Marathon:
Lelisa Desisa Benti, who celebrated his 23rd birthday earlier this month, claimed a belated present in the form of a cheque for $200,000 (Dh720,000) after completing the emirate's 42.1km course in two hours, four minutes and 45 seconds. On crossing the finish line, Desisa — enveloped in a low-lying fog — fell to his knees as a throng of nearby African spectators, waving Ethiopian flags and dressed in reds and yellow and greens, increased the volume of their perpetual cheering. The four fastest times recorded in the men's event were all set by Ethiopians, but it was Desisa who made the late breakaway despite compatriot Berhanu Shiferaw Tolcha appearing best placed to claim the top prize. Shiferaw finished three seconds behind the winner, while Tadese Tola Woldegeberel was a further second behind.
Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia has won the Boston Marathon men's elite race. Finishing in 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 22 seconds, Desisa bested two other racers who were close contenders in the final mile. Perhaps most impressive of all is the fact that this was only Desisa's second marathon, yet he ran like a seasoned pro.
What sort of sneakers does a world-class runner like Desisa lace up for an event like this? The Nike Zoom Streak 3, which is built with a lightweight, breathable upper and features responsive Zoom Air cushioning. This model was released in 2011 and has since been discontinued, but many runners stick with what they're used to, which is likely the case with Desisa.
I’m interested in what Lelisa eats and how he trains as well as his choice of running shoes. Let me know if you find a link with that info. That shoe is only about $65 on Amazon right now. I’d get it quick since they are no longer made. Great deal for a marathon winning shoe.