Kenyans Win the Boston Marathon

Kenyans Win the Boston Marathon

Geoffrey Mutai and Caroline Kilel won the 115th Boston Marathon.

Published April 18, 2011

Men’s division winner Geoffrey Mutai (top) of Kenya and women’s winner Caroline Kilel. (Photo: AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


Runners from Kenya dominated another marathon on Monday.

Geoffrey Mutai won the 115th Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds — the fastest time ever for a marathon. The  previous best of 2:03:59 was by Haile Gebrselassie in Berlin 2008, according to the Associated Press. The AP says that due to a strong tailwind Mutai's run won’t be recognized by track's international governing body as a record.

Caroline Kilel was the fastest woman, completing the race in 2:22:36. She beat American Desiree Davila by two seconds and continued the losing streak by Americans in the storied race.

As winners, Kilel and Mutai earned $150,000 each. Mutai gets $50,000 for his top speed and $25,000 for setting a course record.

Written by Deborah Creighton Skinner


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