Meb Keflezighi and Hilary Dionne cross the line together. (Winslow Townson / USA Today)

For Meb Keflezighi and Hilary Dionne, two elite American distance runners, the finish line of the Boston Marathon was a disappointing destination.

Neither was performing up to their expectations, finishing well behind the winners.

[Lelisa Desisa, Caroline Rotich win]

But Keflezighi found a way to make the moment special, grabbing Dionne’s hand so that the two could cross together in what was a sweet moment of sportsmanship in a race filled with them.

Because the elite women start the race about 30 minutes before the elite men, it worked out that the two arrived at the Boylston Street finish line at around the same time. Dionne finished 15th in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 40 minutes, 42 seconds. Keflezighi, who won the race last year, finished eighth in 2:12:42.

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Caroline Rotich of Kenya took first place for the women in the 2015 Boston Marathon, completing the race in 2 hours, 24 minutes. Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa, who also took first place in 2013, won for the men, crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 17 seconds. (CBS Boston WBZ)