Record run not sanctioned internationally

Record run not sanctioned internationally

Published Apr. 18, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai won the 115th Boston Marathon men's title on Monday with the fastest time ever run of two hours, three minutes and two seconds -- but it will not be sanctioned as a world record time internationally, The Boston Globe reported.

Mutai's time, the world's best marathon time, set a new course record, breaking fellow Kenyan Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot's previous Boston record — set last year — by more than two minutes.

However, Mutai's time will not be eligible for world record consideration, due to the International Association of Athletics Federation's competition rules about the slopes on the course.

Mutai's time does not count as a world record because the Boston course is not a point-to-point race and the overall decrease in elevation of the course is greater than that allowed by the track and field's world governing body.


Kenya's Moses Musop finished second, four seconds behind Mutai.

The pair had been running neck-and-neck until Mutai broke free in the final 600 meters, according to The Globe.

The times were also pushed along by a strong wind from the southwest, the IAAF reported, but Mutai partly credited American Ryan Hall for his fast time, with the US half-marathon record holder setting a fast pace in the early stages.

Hall set the all-time record for the fastest marathon time by an American runner, coming across the finish line fourth with a time of two hours, four minutes and 55 seconds.

"I want to congratulate him," Mutai said of Hall. "He pushed it, he pushed it all the time. He was like a pacemaker; he helped us a lot."

Mutai earned $225,000 in prize money and time bonuses for the win, with his total payday expected to be about twice that with appearance fees and sponsor bonuses included.

Kenya's Caroline Kilel won the women's race with an official time of two hours, 22 minutes and 36 seconds. American Desiree Davila finished second, just two seconds behind Kilel.