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Hot Weather Slows Top Men, Women’s Finish in Marathon, Top Wheelchairs Cross

BOSTON (WGGB/AP) – The top finishers have crossed the finish line of the 116th Boston Marathon, while thousands more continue their trek along the route.

In the men’s race, Wesley Korir won the men’s open race with an unofficial time of 2:12:40, 26 seconds ahead of fellow Kenyan Levy Matebo.

Korir’s win was the 19th win by a Kenyan man in the last 22 years.

Men’s Open Race
1. Wesley Korir (KEN) – 2:12:40
2. Levy Matebo (KEN) – 2:13:06
3. Bernard Kipyego (KEN) – 2:13:13

It was a tight two person race, with Jemima Jelagat Sumgong on Cherop’s heels until the final turn was made onto Bolyston Street. Once the turn was made, Cherop extended her lead, and finished 2 seconds ahead of Sumgong.

For the fifth straight year, the women’s race came down to a sprint down Boylston Street.

Cherop’s win marks the third time a Kenyan has won Boston in the last five years.

Women’s Open Race
1. Sharon Cherop (KEN) – 2:31:50
2. Jemima Jelagat Sumgong (KEN) – 2:31:52
3. Georgina Rono (KEN) – 2:33:09

Both Korir and Cherop finished the race with the slowest times since 1985.

Defending men’s champion Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya dropped out at mile 18 because of cramping.

31-year-old Jason Hartmann from Boulder, Colo. Came in about two minutes after Korir, to finish fourth in the men’s open race, with a time of 2:14:31.

Canada’s Joshua Cassidy won the Men’s Wheelchair Race with new world record time of 1:18:25, over three minutes faster than second place finisher Kurt Fearnley of Australia.

In a very close women’s wheelchair race, 26-year-old Shirley Reilly from Arizona won by a mere :01 over 2011 winner Wakako Tsuchida of Japan. Reilly’s time was nine minutes better than her previous personal best time.

Men’s Wheelchair
1. Joshua R. Cassidy (CAN) – 1:18:25
2. Kurt H. Fearnley (AUS) – 1:21:39
3. Kota Hokinoue (JPN) – 1:23:26

Women’s Wheelchair
1. Shirley S. Reilly (USA) – 1:37:36
2. Wakako Tsuchida (JPN) – 1:37:37
3. Diane Roy (CAN) – 1:42:37

Over the weekend, officials from the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) urged participants to heed extra caution as temperatures are expected to climb near 90 degrees.

The BAA urged inexperienced runners to sit out this year, and defer their run until 2013. They also urged those who did decide to participate to take it slow, walk at points, and make sure to remain adequately hydrated.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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