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. jonny

    Good to see some Africans win. Better them than the hard-line white American lefties that you typically see in these events.

    April 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wook

    Kenyan wins Boston......Kenyan wins the White House

    April 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRUCE


      April 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      It is nice to see a news piece about human achievement instead of what has become a toxic political polarization. But I was both frustrated and saddened to see people such as yourself inserting these baseless comments. Why is it necessary to post defamatory political messages in every commenting section? It was once believed that comment sections such as this would serve as a forum of constructive public discussion, sadly that has never materialized. If these was an article about the President's origin of birth, your comment would be appropriate, but not here.

      April 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. usarmyoverlord

    Better a Kenyan in the White House than a Mormon 😉

    April 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mork


      April 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anyone But Obama

      We have seen what having a Kenyan/Muslim in the White House can co, how about if we put a Mormon/Amercian in the White House? At least the White House would then be inhabited by a proud American.

      April 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • pennrandall

      At least Mormons are American born. I don't believe we should outsource our Presidency to Kenya. We need to TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!! Tea Party Forever!!

      April 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Speedy Gonzoles

    The winners train in much hotter conditions running twice as far as this Marathon. They won because they trained well, their bodies have acclimated to the conditions. The reason fewer and fewer Americans excel in this sport is very few or these runners make any money. Even bad baseball players make a fortune compared to the winners of marathons.

    April 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reader

      They make no money? What is the incentive? Do they get some income from advertisers or sponsors?

      April 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Heather

    Congrats to all the winners and participants. I just recently started running. Maybe one day I will be able to run in the Boston Marathon

    April 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JonfromLI

    OMFG!!!!!!! I cannot believe a Kenyan won the marathon! Pigs are flying!!!!! Hell has frozen over!!!!!!!! It's a miracle!!!!!!

    ............Next you're going to tell me that I'll get wet if I jump in the water.

    April 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bostonbabe

    You have to understand that the men and women who run these races and win on a continuous basis are in amazing shape- it's not political- it's physical. These men and women train every day for years and years, it's not something you can wake up one day and decide to do at the drop of a hat. Of course the people from Kenya are used to training in the heat- and this is considered a cool day. But they deserve all the praise- they worked hard for it and won. Good for them.

    The Boston Marathon is a great event and a lot of fun for everyone. Let's not spoil it with politics.

    April 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paula D.

    This is only news if a Caucasian American won the race in which Kenyans were entered. The other way around, not so much.

    April 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rikers

    Kenyans? Were some of Obama's relatives entered?

    April 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Kenyans won the Boston marathon, an American of Kenyan descent is President of the United States of America and Kenyans comprised a significant proportion of the African slave trade during the Trans-Atlantic slave voyage to America! They enslaved for four hundred years, helping to build this country from the ground up! Hey, they even built the White House! Kudos to Kenyans and to all African-Americans whose ancestors sacrificed and helped to build this country!

    April 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Randy

    And they were all named Obama.

    April 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kana

    What a surprise!!!
    Kenyans have been the winners of or have placed high in finishing several marathons in the past decade.

    April 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Me

    Good for them, they always do a great job. I wonder what their secret is.

    April 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    I have problems walking, let alone running. He he.
    I learned something too. I thought that the Marathon was limited just to the U.S.. Congratulations Kenyans. I know Kenyans have an extreme practice regimen for the Olympics, running up mountain sides, making them very tough contenders. This must hold true for the Marathon as well.

    April 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pennrandall

    Barack Obama must be soooooo proud of his fellow countrymen! Of course he won't be able to show it since he still professes to be an 'American'. I wonder what Kenyans think of someone who fakes a birth certificate to deny being a Kenyan and a Muslim?!? This should be a proud day for Kenya, even if Obama denies them. Congrats to Kenya anyway! Good going y'all!

    April 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
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