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. iquit

    If obummer had a son he'd look just like him.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Too bad your son looks like your sister!

      April 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Karnak

    There is a punchline in here somewhere. I can feel it.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • buddhabill

      Kenya believe it? Another sweep!

      It was so hot, runners were wearing marathongs?

      The Korir, the Korir...

      April 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. luv2jah

    Nice Job My Friend!!!

    April 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chandra

    Kenyan Sweep! Next one in November 2012!

    April 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jsmoulder

      At least you admit he is from Kenya

      April 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      southerners/tea baggers are animals in human form

      April 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Best Comment!

      April 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Well stated!

      April 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. KLee

    Is this going to be another stand your ground? "I mean these people were attacking me and I felt threatened so I shot them all as I felt threatened". Your can't cry self defense or use the stand your ground when your the aggressor.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Agree! But what is outrageous about these teabaggers is they're saying that blacks are convicting Zimmerman while none of them were at the scene of the crime! Duhhhhhh! Perhaps these teabaggers don't realize that 100% of jurors in all murder cases were never at the scene of the crime either! But yet they cast votes to convict based on the evidents presented! And so far, what the police and Zimmerman have presented to the public is enough to convict and execute him for first degree manslaughter!

      April 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • mema

      Good posts. I am in total agreement. Wouldnt it be fair to say the victim was also standing his ground!

      April 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      @KLee....Proof read before posting! IDIOT! This has NOTHING to do with that case so move on! Same to the people that replied to KLee, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE, this is about athletes!!!

      April 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe The Plumber

    Bring back Alberto Salazar!

    April 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KLee

    WOOPS Wrong Story. Sorry

    April 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • wow

      wow...maybe you can read!

      April 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. spence

    It's unfair. The Kenyans put hot coals in their shoes, thus quickening their pace.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • DebS

      ^^ignorance at its finest

      April 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. totalbs1

    When they started the race it was in the 70's, but it's in the mid to upper 80s at the finish line now. Just exceptional times for this heat.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • southgent

      white guys " ah damn it, whats the point in running now?" sorry, not to be, well negative but this isnt the olympics it is the BOSTON marathon. i say you should be an american citizen to run in it!

      April 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John

    The picture shows white folk at the start of the race. To see the end of the race just use white out on the same pic.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. heloise8

    Reblogged this on The Trough.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ?

      Reblog what?

      April 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • heloise8

      you don't get it I reblogged this from Time or CNN and it displays that. You don't have to do anything unless you want to read the full story then click on the link

      April 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SPW

    Kenyans are great at running, just not a country.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Devosays

    Obama must be proud, his homeland is the best at running, just like he is the best at running his mouth and accomplishing nothing!!!

    April 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      @ Devosays

      You said Obama hasn't accomplished anything? Really? You mean like Obama got Osama...Check! Obama got Ghadaffi...Check! Obama got Awalaki...Check! End of the Iraqi war...Check! Unemployment rate decreasing, jobs increasing, the Big Three profitting, the American economy stabilizing...Check! America's image has been restored worldwide...Check! And so on and so on and so on! You said something to the effect of Obama hasn't accomplished anything? Duhhhhh! Obama/Biden 2012!

      April 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boo

      And conservative m o r o n s are good at showing their stupidity every chance they get.

      April 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. noobongo2012

    You have to run fast to stay ahead of the lions chasing you.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JPJ3016

    I could have told you a Kenyan would have won both last week.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
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