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Kenya’s Wesley Korir, Cherop Win Boston Marathon [VIDEO]

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

Wesley Korir of Kenya, men's winner,  and Sharon Cherop of Kenya, female winner, of the 116th Boston Marathon,
Wesley Korir of Kenya, men's winner, and Sharon Cherop of Kenya, female winner, of the 116th Boston Marathon (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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