Geoffrey Mutai completed an amazing 24 hours for Kenyan distance runners when producing a dazzling time of 2:03:01 to win yesterday's Boston Marathon. The 29 year old took full advantage of a strong tailwind to finish four seconds ahead of fellow countryman Moses Mosop and nearly three MINUTE'S's quicker than last year's first - Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot (2:05:52).
The Boston Marathon is considered to be one of the more difficult marathon courses because of the Newton hills, which culminate in Heartbreak Hill while Berlin, where Haile Gebrselassie's world marathon record (2:03:59) was established in 2008, is generally accepted as a fast course. So it's ironic that Geoffrey Mutai can't claim the world record because Boston is point to point and his time was ineligible.
It was close in the women's event too with Kenyan Caroline Kilel finishing two seconds ahead of American favourite Desiree Davila.
British running legend Ron Hill, who won the race in 1970, watched from the stands and reported: "It was awesome that Mutai won in 2.03. I believe that Mutai knew himself he could do it."
American Rich Hall who was fourth said: "I was out there thinking I can't believe this is happening right now, I'm running 2:04 pace and I can't even see the leaders."
Once again the Boston classic proved a magnet for 'part-time athletes' and many of the 24,000 completed the course in costume to the rousing support of massive crowds.
See the garlanded Geoffrey Mutai at the post-race press conference at the Boston Globe website.