Geoffrey Mutai from Kenya finished in first place in this year’s 115th Boston Marathon. Mutai reached the finish line of the Boston Marathon 2011 with a time of 2:03:02. While second place goes to Moses Mosop, also from Kenya, who crossed the end line four seconds later at 2:03:06.
Both Mutai and Mosop beat the previous marathon record of 2:03:59 set last 2008 by Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia. However, this is not an official world record because the Boston Marathon course is not a flat course. Among the Americans, Ryan Hall of California came first, but 4th overall with a time of 2:04:58.
For the women’s division, another athlete from Kenya, Caroline Kilel, won the marathon with 2:22:38. Followed very closely by American Desiree Davila with 2:22:40.
The Boston Marathon 2011 winners for each division will receive a money prize of $150,000. However, the Boston Athletic Association will award Mutai an additional $75,000 for the new course record.