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Kenyans triumph at Boston Marathon

Written by David Indeje
2012-04-16 19:04:00
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Sharon Cherop who emerged the winner with 2:31:50 Photos/Alexandra von Bryce/ Courtesy

The 116th Boston Marathon kicked off on Monday with as much focus on the potentially dangerous heat reported at 80 degrees and a humidity of 43, did not deter Kenyans effort to emerge the best.

Sharon Cherop emerged the winner with 2:31:50 in the ladies race while Wesley Korir in the men's race in a time of 2:12:41.

Sharon Cherop was followed by Jemimah Sumungong 2:31:57, Georgina Rono 2:33:09, Fireniwot Dada 2:34:56 and Diana Sigei 2:35:40.

With her first win, Sharon said she had a knee problem, but with the help of a pal, she managed to train better.

"I told my coach, I know I was not 100 per cent well, but I knew I was going to do the best."

Sharon Cherop, Georgina Rono, and Jemimah Sumungong with Fireniwot Dada the only Ethiopian were on the lead before the break away that left dada behind.

The Kenyan ladies displayed team work resilience, shared good speed.

 In the men’s race, Wesley Korir emerged the best with 2:31:51.

All Korir could say was, “wow! Wow!” before he thanked God for emerging the winner, “Thank you God for the wonderful opportunity.”

“Being able is just amazing. I could not believe it, I could be in top five," he said adding that his win was specifically dedicated to the many Kenya children who could not afford to go to school.

Both Korir and Cherop win $150,000 for their efforts.

"The Money will go to the Kenya Kids Foundation. This is an opportunity for a lot of kids to go to school."

Asked if he has eyes set for the Olympics later this year, he said the Boston Marathon was the ultimate one in any event.

"To me I think this is an Olympic event, the history of Boston Marathon, It’s the Olympics of everything of the marathon."

To emerge the best, he said, “I knew I was to be inside to win, the heat was very high but i decided, let me go with a constant pace."

The 29-year-old won the Los Angeles Marathon in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010, as well as finishing second in the Chicago Marathon in 2011.

Wesley was followed closely by Levy Matebo 2:13:06, Benard Kipyego a distant third.

Similarly, with a time of 1:25:57, in the men’s race Lenny Matemo, Geofrey Mutai and Mathew Kisorio were on the lead.

Geoffry Mutai won the 2011 Boston Marathon with a world record breaking time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, and 2 seconds.

However, he dropped out at the 18th mile with cramps. Mutai, who in 2011 ran the fastest marathon in history in Boston, 2:03:02, and went on to win the New York Marathon in the fall to complete a rare double.

Caroline Kilel, failed to defend her 2011 women's title. Sources say, 26,716 runners entered the Marathon out of which 22,426 started. 

(Read:World Record set at Boston Marathon as Kenyans triumph

Similarly, with a time of 1:25:57, in the men’s race Lenny Matemo, Geofrey Mutai and Mathew Kisorio were on the lead.

Geoffry Mutai won the 2011 Boston Marathon with a world record breaking time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, and 2 seconds.

Sources say, 26,716 runners entered the Marathon out of which 22,426 started.

 

2012 Boston Marathon Elite Male Results

  1. Wesley Korir (KEN) – 2:12:40
  2. Levy Matebo (KEN)- 2:13:06
  3. Bernard Kipyego (KEN) – 2:13:13
  4. Jason Hartmann (USA) – 2:14:30
  5. Wilson Chebet (KEN) – 2:14:56
  6. Laban Korir (KEN) – 2:15:29
  7. Michel Butter (NED) – 2:16:38
  8. David Barmasai (KEN) – 2:17:16
  9. Hideaki Tamura (JPN) – 2:18:15
  10. Mathew Kisorio (KEN) – 2:18:15
  11. Tim Chichester (USA) – 2:21:10
  12. Sergio Reyes (USA) – 2:22:06
  13. Brendan Martin (USA) – 2:22:32
  14. Geb Gebremariam (ETH) – 2:22:56
  15. Uli Steidl (USA) – 2:23:08

 2012 Boston Marathon Elite Female Results

Sharon Cherop (KEN) – 2:31:55

Jemima Sumgong (KEN)- 2:31:52

Georgina Rono (KEN)- 2:33:09

Firehiwot Dado (ETH) – 2:34:56

Diana Siegi (KEN) – 2:35:40

Rita Jeptoo (KEN)- 2:35:53

Mayumi Fujita (JPN)- 2:39:11

Nadezdha Leonteva (RUS) – 2:40:40

Svetlana Pretot (FRA) – 2:40:50

Sheri L. Piers (USA) – 2:41:55

 

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