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. echo

    "Fox News" isn't that an oxymoron? Again the degree of ignorance never ceases to amaze me as the post about noses.

    April 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tommy

    LOL..... the fastest people on earth.....until they get into a crosswalk in front of a car.....lol. :-) :-)

    April 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rmm

    here is the jungle they train in .... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr4AiXBbACc

    April 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ted baxter

    as someone from outside the usa, you guys surprise a lot of people....a country full of great achievements, great achievers, and you stoop to such disappointing lows with off-handed and hate-filled sarcasim...
    this is about a great achievement of the human spirit.
    end of story.

    April 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • DebS

      Sadly Ted, you are right. We have some very ignorant, racist Americans. Too many of my countrymen/women think they are genetically superior to any African when the results of events like this prove them wrong. They can't stand the thought of that.

      There are those of us who do realize how fantastic an accomplishment this is as it showcases the BEST runners in the world. Anyone who qualifies to participate should be proud of their accomplishment, regardless of how they place, as very few actually qualify.

      April 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • derka derka

      Most racists stay home and sit in their mothers basements eating potato chips while this is going on....clearly they arent from the area being racist because nobody around here is, typical though of most southerners. They must assume we are as dumb as they are.

      April 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • cutedog2

      Unfortunatly Ted, it is often the dredges of American society that spew hateful remarks on the CNN site. We have more good people in America than bad. They are too busy being productive and do not have time to troll. Take care.

      April 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Justin

    I find it hard to believe an article like this would attract racist comments!

    April 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • DebS

      Sad, I don't. Too many people jump at the chance to spew their hatred.

      April 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • derka derka

      We thought the same about the presidency of the United States at one time. Oops.

      April 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Al

    Hey, is that Dave Chappel....I was wondering where his bla *ck a(*) was.....getting in shape to run a marathon...way to go Dave.....

    April 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      I apologize for my previous comment. I am an idiotic racist. I also am a member of NAMBLA

      April 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRUCE

      I LOVE NAMBLA

      April 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cpc65

    The temps in Boston were actually in the upper 80's, even close to 90, around mid day so the Kenyans probably felt right at home. I'll bet this was a record for warmest day on 4/26 in Bean Town. It is also a State holiday (Patriot's Day) in Massachusetts. Love the starting photo as that would be the only time you'd see any of those white dudes anywhere near the Kenyans during the marathon. Congrats to the winners and all those who ran!

    April 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kijana

      Read an atlas sometime. There are portions of Kenya that are not 80-90 degrees at all times of year. Believe it or not, you can find snow in the highlands at times.

      April 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bostonbabe

    Again- let's not get political – this was about the runners and their accomplishments- don't ruin it with racist comments and political agendas.

    April 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DebS

    Well done to those who placed. Even qualifying for the Boston Marathon puts you among the best in the world. Anyone who was eligible to compete should be very proud, regardless of how they finished. Please ignore the ignorant comments here as most of them probably can't even run a mile.

    April 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bostonrocks

    AGAIN.....If the little boys in the room will leave so the grown ups can talk..... This is about a race where people from all over the world come to compete. It's too bad that UGLY AMERICANS such as the people in this room have to make it racist or political. Its a marathon- it's not about race or politics- just watch it or run it and stop flapping your ignorant gums.

    April 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Congratulations to everyone who participated in the race...and to the winners.

    April 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    Maybe the Boston Marathon should be scheduled in February due to global warming.

    April 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. joseph maina

    Some very interesting comments and some very sad ones,im actually from kenya and i couldnt run half a marathon if my life depended on it.these runners actually come from more or less the same geographical area,and they train a lot,thats all they do.has nothing to do with lions at all.Joe.

    April 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rockwell

    I always feel like, somebody's watching meeeee (and I have no privacy).

    April 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      man, your dad is great.

      April 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cutedog2

    An amazing accomplishment to qualify for Boston, even more so to wim. My heart felt congratulations to the winners and a job well done to those that competed. You inspire me on my daily 6 mile jaunts. :-)

    April 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
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