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. Tommy

    Fastest people on earth, .... till they get into a crosswalk, in front of a car... ;-) ;-)

    April 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Marine5484

    Congrats to the winners....It is really no surprise to me though Kenya has some of the best long distance runners in the world and they train in temps that make the weather in Boston look like a cold day in winter.

    April 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. jimmbobb

    Well done Kenya! I'm a good runner, but these men and women are GREAT runners. Congratulations on a stellar performance.

    April 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. cbr1100xx

    Congratulation to Ms. Cherop and Wesley Korir on taking the lead late and winning in the heat. Korir is a great guy. He went to Univ of Louisville on a running scholarhip and got his B.A in biology. The conditions today were far from idea for any distance racing.

    April 16, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Deb Hart

    Congratulations to my sister-in-law, who as a first-timer in the Boston Marathon never broke stride; She ran an inspired and intelligent race. Woot, woot!!!

    April 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. TheBob

    It's a Kenyan sweep EVERY YEAR at the Boston Marathon. This is like reporting the new Pope is Catholic. The news story will be when non-Kenyans win the race.

    April 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • BasicJustice

      Plenty of non-Kenyans used to win this race. And it wasn't 100 years ago either. What happened?

      April 16, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • smaaackdown

      I came here to say the same thing. Thank you. LOL but black people and white people are the exact same... right???? hahahahahahahahahahahaha

      April 16, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Eric

    Man, i haven't seen such a landslide victory for a Kenyan since November 2008.

    April 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Michael

    Obama's dad was Luo.
    Korir, Kipyego, Cherop, Jelagat all sound Nandi.

    April 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. ryan

    Ya, of course they won, they were the only ones complaining that it was cold out...lol

    April 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. OrangeW3dge

    OK, so this is just another example of an "Obama" failed policy...

    April 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dennis

      I like his failed policy that had Osama Bin Laden shot in the face.

      April 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dss1437

    Why isn't Fox News and the radical right saying that Obama forced officials to have Kenyans win because they are his fellow countrymen.

    April 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mary

      I wouldn't be surprised if they actually say it….

      April 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bush&Chaeiney

    Racists will never change. Everything including sports is turned into insults to blacks. This is a proof that racists are metally SICK!!!

    April 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. el

    Mid 70's? It was 88 degrees in Boston today!!

    April 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Zein

    Number 79 looks like Matt Damon.

    April 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Pre-Bourne days? Lol....yeah, he kinda does...

      April 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. haha

    i havent herd one racist thing you people need to relax lol

    April 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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