Courtesy of Boston.com
Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai, 29, won the Boston marathon this morning in a record 2:03:06 -- 53 seconds faster than the 2:03:59 set by Haile Gebrselassie in Berlin in 2008. Mutai's time, however, won't be recognized as a new world record because Boston is a point-to-point course with a large net elevation drop. "Boston marathon performances cannot be ratified as world records as the course does not satisfy two of the criteria for world records," USA Track and Field told Reuters.
Marathon debutant Moses Mosop of Kenya placed second in 2:03:06, followed by Ethiopia's Gebre Gebremariam in third. Gebremariam, who won the 2010 New York City marathon, ran 2:04:53. American Ryan Hall crossed the line five seconds later; his time of 2:04:58 is a new American record, surpassing Khalid Khannouchi's 2:05:38 at London in 2008. In the post-race press conference, Hall told reporters he "felt very smooth, comfortable and relaxed."
Kenyan Caroline Kilel ran a 2:22:36 to win the women's race. She beat American Desiree Davila by two seconds. Had Davila won, she would have been the first American woman to win Boston since 1985. She is now, however, the third fastest American marathoner in history, behind American-record-holder Deena Kastor and Joan Benoit Samuelson. Fifty-three-year-old Samuelson ran a 2:51:29 at Boston today.
In other marathon news, Kenyans also dominated yesterday's Virgin London marathon. Emmanuel Mutai set a new course record of 2:04:40, and Mary Keitany ran a 2:19:19 -- the first sub-2:20 performance by a woman since 2008.