BOSTON, MA – The winner of this year’s Boston Marathon is receiving heavy scrutiny after allegations of cheating were raised. Ethiopian runner, Lelisa Benti, won the April 20th marathon with a time of 2:09:17, his second victory in Boston. Race officials are reviewing the footage collected from various cameras along the route to see if these allegations have any merit.
Joann Flamino, president of the Boston Athletic Association, which manages the race, said in a press conference that race organizers were alerted to Benti’s possible cheating when they received an anonymous note that said: “He was wearing rollerblades.”
Last year’s winner and this year’s eighth place finisher, Meb Keflezighi, wasn’t surprised by the performance-enhancing-rollerblades accusations levied against his competitor. “Benti was just gliding out there. It didn’t seem natural,” he said.
As investigators comb through the hours of footage collected from the over 26 mile-long course, early reports seem to indicate that Benti’s shoes did “have wheels on them”, but Marathon officials are declining to comment further until they gather more facts.