Kenyan Sets Record in Boston Marathon

Wind-aided race won't count as a record

By Greg Wilson
|  Monday, Apr 18, 2011  |  Updated 1:48 PM EDT
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Geoffrey Mutai, left, runs ahead of Moses Mosop, right, both of Kenya, in the Newton, Mass., section of the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 18, 2011, Mutai went on to win the race. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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No one has ever run a marathon faster than Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai did in today's Boston Marathon.

Mutai clocked the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 2 seconds, to break the previous marathon record by nearly a minute. It was the fastest Boston Marathon time by nearly three minutes, though it won't count in the record books because Mutai benefited from a strong tailwind.

"From 15 kilometers, it was hard and it was hilly," Mutai said. "It is like a dream. So, I'm fulfilling my dream."

Among the women, fellow Kenyan Caroline Kilel won by two seconds, posting a 2:22:36 to beat American Desiree Davila.

The winners each get $150,000.

Selected Reading: The Associated Press, TheBostonChannel.com.

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