A heat wave couldn't keep the 2012 Boston Marathon from providing excitement.
The women's division once again came down to the final stretch, when Sharon Cherop out-sprinted fellow Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong. Cherop and Sumgong were neck and neck with 600 meters remaining, but Cherop put in her finishing kick at that point to give herself a little cushion. It was good she provided herself cushion, because Sumgong had one last rush left in her and pulled within two seconds of the lead by the time the two crossed the finish line.
Battling through temperatures that reached the 80s, Cherop's winning time (2 hours, 31 minutes, 50seconds) was Boston's slowest since 1985.
In the men's division, Wesley Korir prevailed with a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 41 seconds. Last year's winner, Geoffrey Mutai, withdrew from the event during the 18th mile due to cramps.
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