By Jimmy Golen, AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai has won the Boston Marathon in an unofficial 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds — the fastest marathon ever run.

Geoffrey Mutai’s Record Finish To The Boston Marathon 

The previous best of 2:03:59 was by Haile Gebrselassie in Berlin 2008. Because of the differences in courses and wind conditions, there isn’t an official world record in marathons.

Kate Merrill With Geoffrey Mutai

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

Read: Kenya’s Caroline Kilel Wins Women’s Race

Mutai’s mark is almost three minutes better than the course record set just last year by Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot.

Photo Gallery: Boston Marathon Elite Race

Caroline Kilel won the women’s race, outsprinting American Desiree Davila to win in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 22 minutes, 36 seconds.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (17)
  1. Michael says:

    Not a world record. Point-to-point, overall downhill and with a tail wind does not count as a world record. I was really annoyed with the Channel 4 coverage which kept calling it a “World Record.” Even 100 meter records are disallowed if the tail wind is too high.

  2. Eric says:

    Michael is right. You can call this a ‘world best’ or ‘fastest marathon ever run’, but it is NOT a world record. The start and finish of the course have to be less than .33 miles apart, which ensures that wind and elevation assistance are effectively neutralised. Also, the same criteria are applied to national records, so Ryan Hall’s 2:04:58 will not count as the American Record, however, he will be known unofficially as the fastest American marathoner of all time.

  3. Ron says:

    Whatever guys. Those are still wicked fast times on the Boston course!

    1. Eric says:

      I don’t know about you, Ron, but I prefer my headlines to be accurate. You’re right, though…what a couple of races!

  4. JJ says:

    Quite misleading calling that a World Record. And yes, there are official World Records in marathon approved by IAAF:

  5. Jess says:

    He just won the Boston Marathon with a great time and you guys are discussing the accuracy of the headline? Just be happy and excited for him.

    1. Eric says:

      Whatever, Jess. The headline is false and misleading. I expect accuracy from journalists. I’m sad that you don’t, and it’s also too bad that you aren’t able to make the distinction between criticising a reporter for making a serious error and the athlete the story was written about. I am very happy and excited for Mr. Mutai, Mr. Hall, and Ms. Davila for their respective accomplishments, however, that has absolutely nothing to do with this AP report being completely inaccurate.

  6. Michael says:

    This is great running and a course record but if you call this a world record then that is the same as calling a wind-aided 100 Meter dash a world record. By the standard of this article any running event run downhill and with a tailwind from 100 meter on up would still be a world record as long as it beat the existing “world record.”

  7. JMBP says:

    Gratulacje Ania i Robert Celińscy !!!

  8. Tori says:

    You shouldn’t try to diminish this mans accomplishment. Although he might not have officially broken a world record, you should give him some credit

    1. Eric says:

      Nobody is taking anything away from him. He has just run the fastest certified marathon in recorded history by 57 seconds. The headline should be changed to say, “Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai Runs Fastest Marathon Ever In Boston Marathon Win” so that it is accurate. How would accurate reporting take anything away from Mr. Mutai’s accomplishment?

  9. 26.2 says:

    Listen, I’ve run Chicago many times – a course that’s extremely flat and configured for World Record accreditation. While I completely understand IAAF’s position on point-to-point courses, what Ryan Hall accomplished today needs no bureaucratic acceptance. Boston is much more difficult.

  10. Scott says:

    Fastest marathon ever and covered Heartbreak, he deserves an extra 5 minute credit …. Couldn’t other marathons that are certified for world records be easier than Boston? I say so !

  11. Justin says:

    Perhaps this year and last will start to allow people to finally realize that Boston – weather permitting – is not a slow marathon course. It drops over 400 ft. Yes, there are challenges. There are hills which can disrupt rhythm, and heartbreak can be a problem – but the downhills are significant – and with a 21 mph tailwind for the ENTIRE WAY is a major, major advantage. Even without the wind, the course can not be ratified. It’s point-to-point and it drops 400+ feet. Last year runners eyes were opened that a fast time can be achieved and the myth of Boston is just that – a myth.

    With that said, Ryan Hall is without doubt the greatest American marathoner. He has proven his legitimacy time and again. Frank Shorter, Alberto Salazar, Bill Rodgers, etc. were simply not at Ryan Hall’s level. 2:06:17 at London? Multiple 2:08’s, and now the fastest (albeit aided) performance at Boston – Hall would have been nearly a mile ahead of Salazar’s best marathon ever. That pretty much says it all.

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