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By John R. Bolton
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Topic - Wesley Korir
Defending champion Wesley Korir was among those leaving Hopkinton at 10 a.m. Just behind the elite men was the remainder of a field of 27,000 on its way for the 26.2-mile trek to Boston's Back Bay.
A year after temperatures approaching 90 degrees slowed the race, cool temperatures greeted the field of 24,662 in Hopkinton on Monday morning for the 117th edition of the 26.2-mile run.
Wesley Korir won the Boston Marathon on Monday in a heat-slowed unofficial time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 40 seconds.
Years from now, fans of the Boston Marathon will look back to Monday's 116th running and not remember that Kenyan elite runners swept all three podium places in both the men's and women's races. They will, however, surely remember the weather.
"It was more of a tactical race, the Ethiopian versus the Kenyans. That fight played out very well," defending champion Wesley Korir, a Kenyan citizen and U.S. resident, said after finishing fifth.
"Somebody shouted on the side of the road that I was No.6," said Korir, a permanent U.S. resident seeking citizenship here who earned $150,000 for the victory.