Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya ran the fastest marathon ever Monday in capturing the 115th Boston Marathon. Taking advantage of ideal weather conditions — a brisk tailwind and cool temperatures — Mutai finished the hilly, 26.2-mile course in 2 hours 3 minutes 2 seconds, edging his countryman Moses Mosop by four seconds.
The elite men heading out at the start of the 115th Boston Marathon on Monday in Hopkinton, Mass.
Mutai and Mosop beat the previous fastest marathon — the 2:03:59 set in Berlin in September 2008 by Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia. Mutai’s time, however, is not an officially recognized world record because the Boston course is not a so-called flat course.