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