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Boston Marathon winner gives medal back

May 26, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hugs Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hugs Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa after he announced he would give back his medal in a salute to the marathon bombing victims, during a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 26, 2013

The Associated Press, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia –  The winner of the men’s race at the Boston Marathon says he is returning his winner’s medal to honor the city and those killed and injured in the terrorist bombings near the finish line of one of the world’s top running events.

Lelisa Desisa says sport should be a pleasure and never a battlefield. He made the announcement Sunday at a ceremony with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry also honored the woman’s runner-up and the men’s third place finisher. All three athletes are from Ethiopia.

The April 15 explosions killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

Kerry is in Ethiopia to mark the 50th anniversary of the African Union.

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