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. Evskie

    There is liittle opertunities in Kenya, lets not begrudge them from trying to make a better life for themselves. Besides they are naturally good at it, it only makes sense.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Liz

    Congratulations to the Kenyans!

    Great accomplishment under grueling conditions - likely approximating Kenya's weather!


    This is always a great sporting event. Sorry I was not among the spectators.

    Too hot for this American to even stand on the sidelines this year!!

    Go Kenya!!!

    April 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ignatz

      Too hot to stand on the sidelines? It was in the 70's. Pu$$y

      April 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kuttinup

    you can always tell the people who are not travelers,especially when they equate tigers to kenya these peopl who spew this kind of ignorance are to be pitied they can not operate in any other arena except where their planted in their own back yard.franco mihilic who lives in yugoslavia won the marathon should he be chasing tigers john kelly won the marathon several times should he be chasing tigers he is the grand marshal for the marathon i feel sorry for these closed mind people

    April 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ann west

    🔴 How PATHETIC !!! 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 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Drake

    Having fleet of foot cattle rustlers as ancestors pays dividends.

    Congrats to the winners!

    April 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. aga11940

    The ignorance and stupidity in this country never ceases to amaze me. All these predictable 'running from animal' jokes are anything but creative. At least they are running from something other than debt, insecurity and self loathing like some of you. Congrats to the winners.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. longtooth

    Not really a surprising sweep. What do the knuckleheads who are bitter about African dominance in this race want? A ban on all skinny blacks? Don't worry, dudes, we'll beat them at Olympic hockey. For now.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • JonfromLI

      Where's Carl Lewis when you need him?

      April 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Good Job

    Congrats to the winners!

    The majority of the comments here are jokes, jabs, and racism. Sad to see how downhill the country is going. People feel they can get away with anything behind a computer screen.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Infidel

      Thank the Chief Racist in the White House for this.

      April 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mittens ; job destroyer

    @jack, I will use the might of God and the US military to save the jews from the Islamic terrorists.
    Thank you for your support.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mema

    Enough with the Africa comments. This was and always is a very close race. It often comes down to milliseconds between runners. It takes months, years of training. Records have been set by whites as well. I say job well done. Congrats to the winners.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Infidel

    Bet their Kenyan brother in the White House will be phoning in congratulations!!!

    April 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • josie

      He should send congrats... after all — it was a great accomplishment.

      April 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ariel

    Well done!! This doesn't seem to get advertised much but most of the Kenyans who win this marathon are usually from the same area of Kenya – apparently it's extremely hilly and training in that environment builds up their stamina and helps them use oxygen more effectively. Something along those lines.... 🙂

    April 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bob Hope's Ghost

    They only won cause someone told them Zimmerman made bail and was in town to watch.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bob


    April 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    This is their national sport. They excel at this because they work at it. Simple as that.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
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