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. Hadenuffyet

    Fastest animal on earth , the ethiopian chicken..

    April 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ann west

    🏃🔴 Hey, what about this ? White people can give Awards and Endorsements to the 1st White person to finish BEHIND the Kenyans 😄 Pathetic !!

    April 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • coder

      considering what white people have done to this land – who wants an award from them?????

      April 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Hussein Reagan

      I always thought to settle the whole "Birther" issue President Obama should have just entered the marathon – if he won – welll – then he's a Kenyan – if he finished back in the pack welll – he is what he is -

      April 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRUCE

      I GET VERY HARD WHEN I RUN FAst.

      April 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Parson Brown

    Something or someone around here is pathetic, anyway. LOL

    April 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ross

    How could you not win when you weigh like 100 pounds soaking wet.

    April 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • adam

      Stop loathing.

      April 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    @129. mittens ; job destroyer
    If you mean me, you are welcome.

    April 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. CJE

    "You're All Winners !!!"

    April 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. echo

    What can I say? Ignorance and stupidity always manages to surface Even Cheney opened his maggot mouth today. Congratulations to the Kenyans. God bless our President. May he bury Romney.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jack the Ripper

    Kenyan will sweep November

    April 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. ert

    they won for Obama, their countryman...(maggot)

    April 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. ann west

    👿 😡 😄 Instead of complaining and making racist remarks, Just make the race "White Only" and be done with it.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Henry

    If BigO had a son, would he look like that runner?

    April 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. bspurloc

    fox report this as Obama thanking his countrymen for winning it?

    April 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. ronjayaz

    In another environment I explained Y real Africans, as opposed to African Americans excel in marathons. Given the nearness of the flat nose as opposed to the long nose of non-Africans the African has a double-breathing system that supports their stamina in a race that requires supreme breathing.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ariel

      Well then you should excel at marathons as well huh, since mouthbreathers technically have double breathing systems too :P

      You, "Mor Mon" and the other dimwits posting here....

      April 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bspurloc

    so u admit he was birthed in thine usa

    April 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Doosh-LaRooush

      Good one

      April 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pat

    The Mormon FlipFlopping Mexican has no chance.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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