This two picture combination shows the winners at the finish line of the 115th Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 18, 2011. At top is men's division winner Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, bottom is Caroline Kilel, also of Kenya. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Mutai slashed almost a minute off the official world record of 2:03.59, set by Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie at Berlin in 2008, and was almost three minutes faster than the course record set last year, Reuters reported..
But Mutai’s time was not ratified as a record by the track’s international governing body because he was aided by a strong tailwind on a downhill course.
“I was not coming to break the world record,” Mutai told reporters.
Mutai's ran stride for stride next to his countryman Moses Mosop, before making a final sprint to the finish line in Boylston Street.
“For me, today was good weather. And when you are in good form and get good weather and get some colleagues who can push you, you can make it,” Mutai said.
Mutai’s breakneck time, which happened on the same day world record holder Gebrselassie celebrated his 38th birthday, immediately renewed speculation about whether a runner might eventually complete the 26.2-mile distance in under two hours.
Caroline Kilel won the woman’s race to ensure a Kenyan double, outsprinting American Desiree Davila to win by two seconds, in 2:22:36.
Davila led even on the final stretch on Boylston Street and ran the fastest time ever for a U.S. woman, five seconds faster than Joan Benoit finished to win in 1983.
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Runners make their way to the finish line during the 115th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18 in Boston. (Jim Rogash/GETTY IMAGES) Zachary Hine of Rochester Hills, Mich, gets medical attention at a medical tent in Boston after crossing the finish line at the 115th running of the Boston Marathon Monday. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP) Desiree Davila of the United States, front left, grabs her head as women's division winner Caroline Kilel of Kenya collapses at he finish line of the 115th Boston Marathon in Boston. Davila finished the race in second place, two seconds behind Kilel. (Charles Krupa/AP) Wheelchair winners Wakako Tsuchida, left, and Masazumi Soejima, both of Japan, greet each other at the finish line of the 115th Boston Marathon. (Elise Amendola/AP) Women elite runners, from left, Desiree Davila, of Rochester Hills, Mich., Dire Tune, of Ethiopia, Sharon Cherop, of Kenya, Caroline Kilel, of Kenya, and Alice Timbilili, of Kenya, compete on the course in Newton, Mass., during the 115th running of the Boston Marathon. (Michael Dwyer/AP) Runners pass the halfway mark in the 115th running of the Boston Marathon in Wellesley, Mass. (STR/REUTERS) Winner Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya strides ahead of second-place finisher Moses Mosop, also of Kenya, as they approach the finish line of the 115th Boston Marathon. (Elise Amendola/AP) Winner Caroline Kilel of Kenya falls to the street after crossing the finish line of the 115th Boston Marathon. (Elise Amendola/AP) Winner Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya gives a thumbs up at the finish area of the 115th Boston Marathon. (Elise Amendola/AP)