Mutai runs fastest marathon ever at Boston

Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:53am EDT
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By Scott Malone and Ros Krasny

BOSTON (Reuters) - Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai won the Boston Marathon Monday in two hours three minutes and two seconds, the fastest time ever recorded over the grueling distance.

Mutai slashed almost a minute off the official world record of 2:03.59, set by Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie at Berlin in 2008, but his time was not ratified as a new record because he was aided by a tailwind on a hilly course with too much downhill from start to finish.

"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.

Mutai's countryman Moses Mosop, competing in his first marathon, also smashed Gebrselassie's mark to finish second in 2:03.06 after the two Kenyans ran stride for stride through the capital of Massachusetts before unleashing a final sprint to the finish line in Boylston Street.

"I was not coming to break the world record," Mutai told reporters.

"For me, today was good weather. And when you are in good form and get good weather and get some colleagues who can push you, you can make it."

Ethiopia's Gebregziabher Gebremariam, last year's New York City marathon champion, was third, with Ryan Hall of the United States fourth after keeping pace with the East Africans for most of the race. His time of 2:04:58 was the fastest ever time by an American.

"One thing I did learn last year is that I needed to keep them closer, so when they did surge I would keep my rhythm up a little bit," said Hall.   Continued...

<p>Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya gives a thumbs up after winning the men's division of the 2011 Boston Marathon in a time of 2:03:02, the fastest marathon time ever, in Boston, Massachusetts April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>