Kenyan Sets new Boston Marathon Record
Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya broke the Men’s Open record of Boston Marathon and ruled the 114th running of the annual event.
Cheruiyot, 21 years old, clocked in at 2:05:52 erasing the record set by countrymen Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot in 2006 when he clocked in then at 2:07:14. Runner-up Tekeste Kebede of Ethiopia was only behind by 93 seconds.
The win however was one with controversy. Cheruiyot apparently went into the sidewalk for a few steps during the early part of the 26.2 mile race. Officials however ruled that he did not gain any advantage from what had happened.
Kenya stands at second for the country with the most victories in the marathon, which is composed of the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Wheelchair and Women’s Wheelchair. Kenya has a total of 25 victories, which is far from the 94 currently held by the United States.
Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon (started in 1897) and ranks as one of the world’s best-known road racing events. It is one of five World Marathon Majors, the others being in London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City.