Kenyans Dominate Boston Marathon
This year’s Boston Marathon on Patriots’ Day saw Kenyans sweeping the race for both men and women. Wesley Korir won the men’s race while Sharon Cherop ruled the women’s race on a day when the temperature rose from 70 degrees to a high of 89 as more than 22,000 participants finished the race.
Korir clocked in at 2 hours, 12 minutes and 40 seconds which was far slower than the record set by Geoffrey Mutai last year. Mutai withdrew this year due to stomach cramps at the 18-mile mark.
The scorching heat may have slowed down the racers this year. More than 4,000 participants did not show up due to the warnings issued about the weather.
Winning the race for Korir was not easy. Coming from sixth place, Korir picked up the pace as he passed one runner at a time. The hot weather almost got the best of him as he battled leg cramps but he quickly recovered to pick up speed and become the 19th Boston Marathon winner from Kenya in the last 22 years. Ibrahim Hussein was the first Kenyan man to win the race in 1988.