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Korir and Cherop capture Boston Marathon titles

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Wesley Korir of Kenya won the Boston Marathon on Monday, while countrymate Sharon Cherop claimed the women's title.

Korir beat out fellow Kenyan Levy Matebo and finished in a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes and 40 seconds. Matebo crossed the line 26 seconds behind Korir.

A Kenyan man has now won 19 out of the last 22 Boston Marathons.

Bernard Kipyego of Kenya was third with a time of 2:13:13, followed by American Jason Hartmann, who came in with a time of 2:14:31. Wilson Chebet of Kenya completed the top five 25 seconds back of Hartmann.

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won last year's Boston Marathon in a record time of 2:03:02. But with temperatures expected to rise into the 80s by the afternoon on the 26.2-mile trek, Mutai dropped out after 18 miles with cramps.

Cherop won the women's race in a time of 2:31:50, beating fellow Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong by just two seconds. Georgina Rono of Kenya came in third with a time of 2:33:09. Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia and Diana Sigei of Kenya completed the top five.

04/16 13:02:14 ET