Kenyan men & women win, place, show at unseasonable Boston Marathon
The men's elite field heads out during the start of the 116th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
April 16th, 2012
12:31 PM ET

Kenyan men & women win, place, show at unseasonable Boston Marathon

The top three winners in the men's and women's divisions of Monday's Boston Marathon were all Kenyan, according to the race's website.

Wesley Korir, 29, was tops among the men with an unofficial time of 2:12:41. Levy Matebo, 22, and Bernard Kipyego, 25, finished at 2:13:06 and 2:13:13, respectively.

Sharon Cherop, 28, was the fastest among the women with an unofficial time of 2:31:50. Jemima Jelagat Sumgong, 27, and Giorgino Rono, 31, finished second and third with unofficial times of 2:31:52 and 2:33:09.

This year's Boston Marathon was held in abnormally high temperatures - so warm that race organizers took several steps to warn participants and allow those concerned about the heat to run next year instead.

The race, which began in 1897 and bills itself as the world's oldest annually contested marathon, is typically held in relatively cool weather. The average temperature for an April day in Boston is 47 degrees - with a usual high of 56 and low of 40 degrees - according to the city and National Weather Service. When this year's race finished, the temperature was in the mid-70s.

With its rolling hills, the Hopkinton-to-Boston course is often considered among the nation's most grueling marathons even in ideal racing conditions.

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  1. Erik

    Congrats to the Obamas for winning the Boston Marathon!!

    April 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Neal

    and how about the 3 National Gusrdman who finished with 35Lb backpacks in under 3 hours. that was an awesome feat in 80 degree weather.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Chris

    They weren't Kenyans, they're just two of the 400 babies fathered by a Powerthirst fanatic.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Pat

    The Kenyan beat the Mexican. It will happen again in Nov 2012.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. b

    the headline is deceiving, I thought obama won.

    April 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Hal Atosis

    Dat Barry's cousin?

    April 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Eric

    You can always tell when it's marathon day in Boston. It's the day where the group of white people chasing 7 black guys down the streets of downtown aren't wearing badges and guns.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. eville11

    Sheesh, call it the Kenyan marathon and get it over with.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joe

      Maybe the other countries should just step thier game up?

      April 17, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Barack Obama

    A great day for my fellow Kenyans. And we didn't even need photoshop to win this one!

    April 17, 2012 at 3:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. John McCain

    Hey, number 79, keep your chin up. I know what it's like to get demolished in a race against a Kenyan. At least this time, their birth certificates checked out and you didn't have to deal with some Alaskan broad. So keep your chin up. At least you didn't lose the race eight years earlier to a mentally challenged cokehead from Yale whose military service records made Obama's Hawaii Photoshop Fail look real. I could be running the show right now. Instead I'm drunk and yelling at my dog for eating my AARP card. You ran a good race. That's what I keep telling myself.

    April 18, 2012 at 2:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
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