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.
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.
Not my best time, but by far my most memorable finish. Thanks amazing @runmeb for joining me across the line, an unforgettable moment!
— Hilary Dionne (@hildionne) April 20, 2015
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.
— Eric Levenson (@ejleven) April 20, 2015