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.

Post by:
Filed under: Kenya • Massachusetts • Running • Sports • U.S. • World
soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. RRRRRRR

    It's so crazy how fast they can run a marathon. I would take me like 7 hours if I could finish at all. Impressive as always.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TheBossSaid

    You'll run fast too with lions chasing you.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke Statz

      Because, you know, Boston has a HUGE lion problem.

      April 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      They don't live in an park or animal reserve.You know that don't you, right?

      April 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ann west

      🔴 How SAD !!! Black Americans have no interest in marathons so " World Class Trained " white americans should be able to win. I guess Kenyans will be beating them at hockey and nascar next. Imagine , talking a pile of racist crap just because your a loser.🏃

      April 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      @James, I agree theboss' comment is stupid but how do you know they don't? Maybe they are from a small tribe that does!

      April 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • DebS

      Said by someone ignorant of life in Kenya

      April 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jonathan

    In other news: Antarctica is cold.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Haha! Seriously.

      April 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DeeNYC

    See there can be positives if you come from a country where almost no one has a car.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheBossSaid

      ...and plenty of hungry tigers.

      April 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Tigers do not occur in nature in Kenya. At least get your facts before making a lame attempt to be funny.

      April 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hey...Boss...

      umm...there are no tigers in Kenya, and I seriously doubt lions chase them all day long as part of their training regimen.
      But you are incredibly funny.

      April 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. OrvilledD

    First the Oval Office, now the Boston Marathon. What's next?

    April 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      First the Oval Office, now the Boston Marathon! What's next you asked? Well, four more years!

      April 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa C

      Hockey

      April 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      @Blah blah....I seriously doubt it but if he does then we have four more years of FAILURE and a stagnant economy!

      April 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Len

    Kenyans, not 'blacks'. Idiot.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • APE

      NOT BLACK. DARK BROWN

      April 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    I wonder if white people would win if the marathon took place on a NASCAR track.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oodoodanoo

      Well, obviously, the Kenyans would be running AWAY from a place like that as fast as possible.

      April 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. iceload9

    "bills itself as the world's oldest annually contested marathon" Is this correct? Hard to believe the results of the race are always contested.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fred Kiige

    Great athletics spirit.. Truly Great nation! Go Kenya Go..

    April 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ArtInChicago

    Incredible feat. Crazy times for 70 degree weather and that course.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. WANJERI

    Please stop being lame... acknowledge that the winners are fast... they actually dont come from a region with lions...they are fully prepared and keep fit throughout...no fast food at all....

    April 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cando

    All muscle, no fat.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ivanhoe

    For more perspective read novel - king of Bat'ha - and sequel due out by summer 2012 - Tales from the East: Return of Ivanhoe.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mittens ; job destroyer

    Pregnant women with no health care and no wage jobs for all.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Perryboy

    Obama's dad is fron Kenya..and he would've out run your Buick if he had gotten Obama's mom pregnant in Mississippi 57 years ago.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just J

      http://www.active.com/running/Articles/Why_long-distance_running_is_a_Kalenjin_thing.htm

      April 16, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9