- Associated Press - Monday, April 16, 2012

BOSTON — Wesley Korir won the Boston Marathon on Monday in a heat-slowed unofficial time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 40 seconds.

A year after Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest marathon in history to win here, Korir won the second-slowest Boston race since 1985. Mutai dropped out after 18 miles with cramps as temperatures rose into the 80s on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square.

Sharon Cherop won the women’s race to complete the Kenyan sweep, outsprinting fellow Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong to win in an unofficial 2 hours, 31 minutes, 50 seconds.

It was the fifth consecutive year that the women’s race came down to a sprint down Boylston Street.

Korir was the 19th Kenyan men’s winner in 22 years.

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