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. mema

    Excellent run time. Good job folks. Told they might want to sit this one out due to temperature umm dont try running in Texas right now. Whew its hot down here!

    April 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alaska

    These kenyans are taking over marathons, maybe they should stay in their own country running from tigers.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • You moron

      There are no tigers in Kenya, you moron.

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

      There are no Tigers in Africa, idiot.

      April 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • GG

      my god, i hope none of these people spouting racist crap claim to be christian...sad people

      April 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • uniquemoniqu

      That's why they alway win. They have to be able to run fast to keep away from some wild animal that might make them a meal.

      April 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Americant.

      The mighty American, so scared of the world he shuns all others in attempt to remain blissfully unaware of the world around him. Grow up will you?

      April 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Tigers in Kenya?? LOL...all you Alaskans are so dumb just like Sarah Pailin. You might want to go reconsider educating yourself or go back to elementary school.

      April 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Oh'really

    Obama must be proud.

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

      Not of you.

      April 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Al

      Of what, exactly?

      April 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nomercy101

    they should have to carry tv's during the race. They have different muscles in their legs than europeans so they can run away from lions. Jimmy The Greek says you take the biggest, strongest and fastest male and female of the species and you mate them to get the beat breeds.

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

      Lol. Or give the other runners a handicap! Yeah they have good breading to run much faster and in longer stretches.

      April 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edgar Hoopkank

      Some run from lions, others from creditors

      April 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • to nomercey


      April 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Edgar Hoopkank

    Football, basketball, etc etc etc that is to expect.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. southgent

    @ Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer- Obama DIDNT caputre any of those people, Navy Seals and military personal did, and Ghadaffi was caputured by that country's people NOT THE USA. OBAMA HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH GHADAFFI'S CAPTURE LMAO you are hillarious, go fix your trailer wheels.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • more than Bush

      That's right. This guy got it done. Your guy didn't .

      April 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mema

      No president or ruler does the capturing moron! But it is the presedent who makes the call. Give credit where credits due. We wouldnt even be in the middle east if Bush hadnt made the call that there were "weapons of mass destruction". Hello...lmao

      April 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Great Logic I guess the killing of 500k+ Kurds was ok and we shouldn't free those people from their crazy ruler? Then why did we go free Europe from the crazy ruler that tried to take over Europe???? Ya maybe there were't an WOMD but he still needed to be removed from power!

      April 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jackblob

    The wheelchair athletes don't merit mention in this article?

    April 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bribarian

    Any of them from the Obama tribe?

    April 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    OK! Enough of the lion and tiger jokes! Perhaps you people don't realize that some white men and women do win marathons too and break marathon records! Just give credit where credit is due and stop the Safari jokes!

    April 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Y

    Quote from Obama "I I Had A Son He Would Like Like These Kenyans"

    April 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baycap

      Your grammar and spelling quality must match your IQ

      April 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peter

    Congratulations to the Kenyans. They do invest tons of time practising in very unwelcoming weather conditions. There are no wild animals roaming about in Kenya: They are all in protected zones.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. idiot

    Tigers in Kenya. LOLLLLLLLL. Maybe you should stay in your country and re-educate yourself

    April 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Emmy G

    There are many theories about why Kenyans tend to run such fast marathons - here's a link to a 2003 article:

    April 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I bet Ann Romney has a better sprint time than the seven nannies and butlers Mitt hired to do her chores!

    April 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • mema

      Lol now thats a excellent post. Well done.

      April 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Great Logic

      @mema....typical lefty, it is ok to make fun of a republican but as soon as someone makes fun of Obama or any lefty they are racist etc! Grow a brain!

      April 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nick

    First we have Kenyans running the Boston Marathon, next they'll be running for president...oh wait!

    April 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
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