Geoffry Mutai Sets World Record At Boston Marathon (photos)

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

On the female side, American Desiree Davila and Kenyan Caroline Kilel were neck and neck down the stretch, with Kilel ultimately taking the race with a personal best 2 hours, 22 minutes and 36 seconds.

An unprecedented 26,964 participant field took off on the 115th Boston Marathon, which kicked off this morning from nearby Hopkinton.

Early reports predicted temperatures to climb into the high 50s and low 60s, ideal weather conditions that left the course record of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 52 seconds, set last year by Kenyan Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, up for grabs. Although Mutai’s time is the fastest time ever over a marathon distance, it will not be recorded as an official world record because of wind factors and a downhill course.

First place winners in the men’s and women’s division earn $150,000 each.

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