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Boston Marathon History: 2011-2015

115th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 18, 2011

Men’s winner Geoffrey Mutai from Kenya ran the then world’s fastest marathon in 2:03:02. Moses Mosop finished his debut at the marathon distance in a time of 2:03:06, the second-fastest time in marathon history. Ryan Hall broke his own American course record, again placing fourth. Caroline Kilel of Kenya and Desiree Davila of the United States exchanged surges on Boylston Street with Kilel emerging as the winner by two seconds with a time of 2:22:36. Davila became the fastest American woman ever to run the Boston Marathon with her time of 2:22:38 (a record that was eventually broken by Massachusetts native Shalane Flanagan). Sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services, the B.A.A. awarded more than $806,000 in prize money and $92,500 in bonus awards. The 24 Boston Marathon Official Charities, through runners in the 115th Boston Marathon, combined to raise more than $10.2 million. Together with principal sponsor John Hancock Financial’s non-profit bib program, the total amount of funds raised was $15.5 million.

Men's Top Results

1. Geoffrey Mutai (29, KEN) 2:03:02*#
2. Moses Mosop (25, KEN) 2:03:06
3. Gebregziabher Gebremariam (26, ETH) 2:04:53
4. Ryan Hall (28, CA) 2:04:58**
5. Abreham Cherkos (21, ETH) 2:06:13
6. Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot (22, KEN) 2:06:43
7. Philip Kimutai Sanga (27, KEN) 2:07:10
8. Deressa Chimsa (34, ETH) 2:07:39
9. Bekana Daba (22, ETH) 2:08:03
10. Robert Kipchumba (27, KEN) 2:08:44

Women's Top Results

1. Caroline Kilel (30, KEN) 2:22:36
2. Desiree Davila (27, MN) 2:22:38
3. Sharon Cherop (27, KEN) 2:22:42
4. Caroline Rotich (26, KEN) 2:24:26
5. Kara Goucher (32, OR) 2:24:52
6. Dire Tune (25, ETH) 2:25:08
7. Werknesh Kidane (29, ETH) 2:26:15
8. Yolanda Caballero (29, COL) 2:26:17
9. Alice Timbilili (28, KEN) 2:26:34
10. Yuliya Ruban (27, UKR) 2:27:00

 

116th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 16, 2012

The 116th running of the Boston Marathon was certainly a hotly contested battle between some of Kenya’s best. In the men’s race, it came down to the last few miles, with Wesley Korir pulling away from Levy Matebo to win in 2:12:40 to 2:13:06; the fourth-slowest winning time in the past 35 years. The women’s race was not to be outdone in last-gasp moments as well, with Kenya’s Sharon Cherop bursting ahead just after the turn onto Boylston Street to take home the victory in 2:31:50; the seventh-slowest time in the past 35 years. Second place went to Kenya’s Jemima Jelagat Sumgong in 2:31:52. In the last five years, the women’s race has been decided by a combined time of 10 seconds. Through John Hancock Financial’s sponsorship for the 27th year, more than $813,000 in prize money was awarded by the B.A.A. to the top finishers. The Boston Marathon Charity Program, in its 24th year of enabling selected charitable organizations to raise millions of dollars for worthwhile causes, together with 31 participating charities, raised more than $11 million.

Men's Top Results

1. Wesley Korir (29, KEN) 2:12:40
2. Levy Matebo (22, KEN) 2:13:06
3. Bernard Kipyego (25, KEN) 2:13:13
4. Jason Hartmann (31, CO) 2:14:31
5. Wilson Chebet (26, KEN) 2:14:56
6. Laban Korir (26, KEN) 2:15:29
7. Michel Butter (26, NED) 2:16:38
8. David Barmasai (23, KEN) 2:17:16
9. Hideaki Tamura (23, JPN) 2:18:15
10. Mathew Kisorio (22, KEN) 2:18:15

Women's Top Results

1. Sharon Cherop (28, KEN) 2:31:50
2. Jemima Jelagat Sumgong (27, KEN) 2:31:52
3. Georgina Rono (31, KEN) 2:33:09
4. Firehiwot Dado (28, ETH) 2:34:56
5. Diana Sigei (24, KEN) 2:35:40
6. Rita Jeptoo (31, KEN) 2:35:53
7. Mayumi Fujita (28, JPN) 2:39:11
8. Nadezdha Leonteva (27, RUS) 2:40:40
9. Genet Getaneh (26, ETH) 2:42:11
10. Sheila Croft (37, WA) 2:48:31

 

117th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 15, 2013

With temperatures in the 50s and minimal winds, the men’s field chose to approach the first half of the race more tactically than the conditions offered. However, it was Kenya’s Micah Kogo, Ethiopia’s Gebre Gebremariam, and his countryman Lelisa Desisa who eventually emerged as contenders. Gebremariam tried to make a break in the final mile, but Desisa was more than ready. He accelerated into an overdrive that his combatants simply could not match. At the line, the time of 2:10:22 was reflective of the early cautionary tactics; but, it also revealed a dominating, five-second margin over the second-place Kogo and six seconds over Gebremariam in third. On the women’s side, several newcomers to Boston took a chance to run away with the race in the early miles. But it was a familiar face that ultimately came out on top. Returning to the site of her 2006 victory, Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo turned onto the final stretch with a comfortable lead. Jeptoo’s winning time of 2:26:25 was 33 seconds ahead of runner-up Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia. 2012 champion Sharon Cherop (KEN) was third, in 2:27:01. Over $805,000 in prize money was awarded to the top finishers. More than five thousand participants were unable to finish the race, in the aftermath of the tragedy that distrupted the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Men's Top Results

1. Lelisa Desisa (23, ETH) 2:10:22
2. Micah Kogo (26, KEN) 2:10:27
3. Gebregziabher Gebremariam (28, ETH) 2:10:28
4. Jason Hartmann (32, CO) 2:12:12
5. Wesley Korir (30, KEN) 2:12:30
6. Markos Geneti (28, ETH) 2:12:44
7. Dickson Chumba (26, KEN) 2:14:08
8. Jeffrey Hunt (30, AUS) 2:14:28
9. Daniel Tapia (26, CA) 2:14:30
10. Craig Leon (28, OR) 2:14:38

Women's Top Results

1. Rita Jeptoo (32, KEN) 2:26:25
2. Meseret Hailu (22, ETH) 2:26:58
3. Sharon Cherop (29, KEN) 2:27:01
4. Shalane Flanagan (31, OR) 2:27:08
5. Tirfi Tsegaye (28, ETH) 2:28:09
6. Kara Goucher (34, OR) 2:28:11
7. Madai Perez (33, MEX) 2:28:59
8. Diane Nukuri-Johnson (28, BDI) 2:29:54
9. Ana Dulce Felix (30, POR) 2:30:05
10. Sabrina Mockenhaupt (32, GER) 2:30:09

 

118th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 21, 2014

Patriots’ Day of 2014 was one to remember, as inspiring storylines played out in full force. Running with gusto and supported by thousands along the route from Hopkinton to Boston, American Meb Keflezighi broke from the field early on and ran alone out front. Keflezighi, spurred on by the thoughts of those affected by the 2013 Boston Marathon, ran to the encouraging chants of “USA! USA! USA!” Savoring the final stretch, Keflezighi turned onto Boylston Street all alone and broke the finish tape in a personal best of 2:08:37, becoming the first American men’s winner since Greg Meyer in 1983. While Massachusetts native Shalane Flanagan set a blistering pace through a majority of the women's race - reaching halfway in 1:09:25 - it was defending champion Rita Jeptoo making a decisive move after the Newton hills. Increasing her tempo in the final five kilometers, Jeptoo would appear to set a course record of 2:18:57, bettering Margaret Okayo’s 2002 winning time of 2:20:43. Finishing second was Ethiopia's Buzunesh Deba in 2:19:59. Seventh place went to Flanagan, whose time of 2:22:02 was the fastest ever run by an American woman in Boston Marathon history. However, in October of 2016 the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Jeptoo's 2014 Boston Marathon victory be vacated due to the use of performance enhancing drugs. From there after, Deba was recognized as the winner of the 2014 race and the new course record holder. All athletes finishing behind Deba were bumped up one position.

Men's Top Results

1. Meb Keflezighi (38, CA) 2:08:37
2. Wilson Chebet (28, KEN) 2:08:48
3. Frankline Chepkwony (29, KEN) 2:08:50
4. Vitaliy Shafar (32, UKR) 2:09:37
5. Markos Geneti (29, ETH) 2:09:50
6. Joel Kimurer (26, KEN) 2:11:03
7. Nicholas Arciniaga (30, AZ) 2:11:47
8. Jeffrey Eggleston (29, CO) 2:11:57
9. Paul Lonyangata (31, KEN) 2:12:34
10. Josephat Boit (30, KEN) 2:12:52

Women's Top Results

1. Buzunesh Deba (26, ETH) 2:19:59*
2. Mare Dibaba (24, ETH) 2:20:35
3. Jemima Jelagat Sumgong (29, KEN) 2:20:41
4. Meselech Melkamu (29, ETH) 2:21:28
5. Aleksandra Duliba (26, BLR) 2:21:29
6. Shalane Flanagan (32, OR) 2:22:02*
7. Sharon Cherop (30, KEN) 2:23:00
8. Philes Ongori (27, KEN) 2:23:22
9. Desiree Linden (30, MI) 2:23:54
10. Belaynesh Oljira (23, ETH) 2:24:21

 

119th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 20, 2015

Despite a consistent rain, cold temperatures, and a biting wind, the 2015 Boston Marathon did not disappoint, with a pair of races playing out in dramatic fashion. Two years after winning his first Boston Marathon title, Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa returned to Boston seeking to reclaim the champion’s medal. After battling with fellow countryman Yemane Adhane Tsegay as they entered Boston, Desisa broke away and defiantly pushed on through the elements, winning in 2:09:17. With his victory, Desisa became the first Ethiopian to win the men’s race twice. In the women’s race, Caroline Rotich of Kenya used a finely timed surge on Boylston Street to outlast Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba, winning her first Boston Marathon title with a time of 2:24:55. Rotich, who trained in Santa Fe, New Mexico, became the fifth consecutive women’s open champion to hail from Kenya. A remarkable 98.6 percent of those who started the race finished, including athletes from all 50 states and 89 countries. Perhaps most impressive were the 9,000 volunteers who withstood the harsh conditions to help make the 2015 Boston Marathon a success.

Men's Top Results

1. Lelisa Desisa (25, ETH).................... 2:09:17
2. Yemane Adhane Tsegay (30, ETH)... 2:09:48
3. Wilson Chebet (29, KEN)................. 2:10:22
4. Bernard Kipyego (28, KEN).............. 2:10:47
5. Wesley Korir (32, KEN)..................... 2:10:49
6. Frankline Chepkwony (30, KEN)....... 2:10:52
7. Dathan Ritzenhein (32, MI)............... 2:11:20
8. Meb Keflezighi (39, CA)................... 2:12:42
9. Tadese Tola (27, ETH)...................... 2:13:35
10. Vitaliy Shafar (33, UKR).................... 2:13:52

Women's Top Results

1. Caroline Rotich (30, KEN).....................2:24:55
2. Mare Dibaba (25, ETH)........................2:24:59
3. Buzunesh Deba (27, ETH).....................2:25:09
4. Desiree Linden (31, MI)........................2:25:39
5. Sharon Cherop (31, KEN)....................2:26:05
6. Caroline Kilel (34, KEN).......................2:26:40
7. Aberu Kebede (28, ETH).......................2:26:52
8. Shure Demise (19, ETH).......................2:27:14
9. Shalane Flanagan (33, OR)..................2:27:47
10. Joyce Chepkirui (26, KEN)....................2:29:07

119th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 18, 2016

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** American Course Record

 

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