Kenyans Sweep Boston Marathon

Wesley Korir wins for men with 2 hours, 12 minutes, 40 seconds; Women's winner Sharon Cherop completes race in 2 hours, 31 minutes, 50 seconds

By JIMMY GOLEN
|  Monday, Apr 16, 2012  |  Updated 11:42 AM CDT
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Kenyans Sweep Boston Marathon

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Runners make their way across the start line of the 116th running of the Boston Marathon, in Hopkinton, Mass., Monday, April 16, 2012.

Wesley Korir won the Boston Marathon on Monday in a heat-slowed unofficial time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 40 seconds.

A year after Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest marathon in history to win here, Korir won the second-slowest Boston race since 1985. Mutai dropped out after 18 miles with cramps as temperatures rose into the 80s on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square.

Sharon Cherop won the women's race to complete the Kenyan sweep, outsprinting fellow Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong to win in an unofficial 2 hours, 31 minutes, 50 seconds.

It was the fifth consecutive year that the women's race came down to a sprint down Boylston Street.

Korir was the 19th Kenyan men's winner in 22 years.

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