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Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner is a general assignment writer for FOXSports.com. Originally from Orlando, Fla., he previously covered the Orlando Magic for FOX Sports Florida and has also covered the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB playoffs. Follow him on Twitter.

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The winner of this year’s Boston Marathon, which was marred by two explosions that killed three people and injured more than 260 near the race’s finish line, will be donating his medal as a tribute to the people of Boston, according to the New York Times.

Twenty-three-year-old Lelisa Desisa was the top men’s finisher on April 15 with a time of 2:10:22, but Desisa told reporters at a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia on Sunday that his “joy turned to sorrow” after the bombings.

“Sport holds the power to unify people,” Desisa told the Times, through an interpreter. “Sport should never be used as a battleground.”

In addition to donating his medal, Desisa said he would be back in 2014 to run the race again.

“We commit ourselves to sport,” Desisa said. “And we promise that next year in 2014 we will return to Boston to show the world that our commitment to sport, our commitment to our freedom is stronger than any act of violence.”

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