Kenya’s Wesley Korir Wins Boston Marathon

BOSTON (CBS) – Kenya’s Wesley Korir fended off challenges from the heat and fellow countryman Levy Matebo to win the 2012 Boston Marathon Monday in  2 hours 12 minutes and 40 seconds.

Last year’s champion Geoffrey Mutai dropped out with cramps near the 18-mile mark in the high temperatures, which hit the 80’s on the course.

Korir’s win was the second-slowest in Boston since 1985, but it was still good enough to bring home the $150,000 winner’s prize.

Read/Watch: Kenya’s Sharon Cherop Wins Women’s Elite

He’s the 19th man from Kenya to win the Boston Marathon in 22 years.

The top American was Jason Hartmann of Boulder, Colorado, who finished in fourth place in 2:14:31.

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