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Kenya wins big (again) at Boston Marathon

Korir steps into men’s winner’s circle after last year’s champ, Mutai, drops out.

High temperatures played an even bigger role than originally thought in the 116th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday as defending men's champion Geoffrey Mutai dropped out of the race after 18 miles due to cramps.

Kenya's Wesley Korir took advantage of the situation, taking the men's race with a time of 2:12:40. Kenya's Sharon Cherop was a winner on the women's side, edging Jemima Jelagat Sumgong, with a time of 2:31:50.

Both runners posted the slowest winning times since 1985, a year after the men's record was snapped by Mutai.

The slow times did not exactly shock the thousands lining the streets from Hopkinton to downtown Boston as temperatures climbed into the 80s.

The women's race was particularly intriguing as Cherop had to use a final burst of energy to narrowly outpace Jemima Jelagat Sumgong.

A world record was made on the day, however, as Toronto's Joshua Cassidy had a wheelchair race time of 1:18:25.

Top finishers




A look at the top finishers in Monday's 116th running of the Boston Marathon. Finishing times were down dramatically from last year due, in large part, to the unseasonable heat:



Men's Top 5




Wesley Korir KEN 2:12:40

Levy Matebo KEN 2:13:06

Bernard Kipyego KEN 2:13:13

Jason Hartmann USA 2:14:31

Wilson Chebet KEN 2:14:56

Women's Top 5

Sharon Cherop KEN 2:31:50

JJ Sumgong KEN 2:31:52

Georgina Rono KEN 2:33:09

Firehiwot Dado ETH 2:34:56

Diana Sigei KEN 2:35:40

Top American: Mayumi Fujita

Men's wheelchair Top 3



Joshua Cassidy CAN 1:18:25

Kurt H. Fearnley AUS 1:21:39

Kota Hokinoue JPN 1:23:26

Women's wheelchair Top 3



Shirley S. Reilly USA 1:37:36

Wakako Tsuchida JPN 1:37:37

Diane Roy CAN 1:42:37