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Kenyans sweep men’s and women’s Boston marathon as over 4,000 decide not to run


Monday, April 16, 2012
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With temperatures rising to 84 degrees Wesley Korir of Kenya won the men’s race with an unofficial time of 2:12:40 besting fellow Kenyans Kenyans Levy Matebo (2:13:06) and Bernard Kipyego (2:13:13) who took second and third place respectively.

Sharon Cherop of Kenya was victorious in the women’s race clocking an unofficial time of 2:31:50. It was a sprint to the finish line in the women’s race as Cherop out sprinted fellow Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong and beat her by two seconds. In a total domination of the 2012 Boston marathon, Kenyan Georgina Rono capped the sweep when she came in third in the women’s race with a time of 2:33:09.

The wins by Korir and Cherop were the second slowest time recorded for the Boston marathon as temperatures soared to the high 80s.

The winners will both receive $150,000 each. Korir is the 19th Kenyan men’s winner in 22 years.

22,500 took part on the race and another 4,300 were given deferments by officials to next year. The move by Boston marathon officials to offer deferments to anyone who wanted because of the high temperature was unprecedented.

Canada’s Joshua Cassidy of Toronto won the wheelchair race and set a new world record of 1:18:25.

Last year’s winner drops out at Mile 18

Geoffrey Mutai who set the world record for Boston last year was forced to drop out after 18 miles because of the heat.

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