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Boston Marathon officials say Geoffrey Mutai's winning time should be world record

April 19, 2011 | 11:14 am

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Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest marathon ever at Monday's Boston Marathon, but his time is not recognized as a world record.

Race officials hope to do something about that. They say they will apply to the International Track and Field Assn. to have Geoffrey Mutai's winning time of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 2 seconds certified as a world record.

International Assn. of Athletics Federations rules say the Boston course is ineligible for world-record status because it is technically downhill. The race's route also is not a loop course and allows for a tailwind, which is frowned upon by the governing body.

But Boston officials say the event's 115-year history shows the course is not artificially fast.

The sanctioned world record is 2:03:59, which is held by Haile Gebrselassie. It was bested Monday by Mutai and runner-up Moses Mosop (2:03:06), both Kenyans.

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-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the men's division of the 2011 Boston Marathon in a time of 2:03:02. Credit: Adam Hunger / Reuters

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