2011 Boston Marathon

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2011 Boston Marathon
Venue Boston, Massachusetts
DatesApril 18

The 2011 Boston Marathon took place on Monday, April 18, 2011. Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won the men's race in a time of 2:03:02. [1] In recognizing Mutai's mark as the "fastest Marathon ever run", the International Association of Athletics Federations noted that the performance was not eligible for world record status given that the course does not satisfy rules regarding elevation drop (it has "more than three times the elevation drop permitted for record-setting") and start/finish separation. [2] The Associated Press reported that Mutai has the support of other runners who describe the IAAF's rules as "flawed". [3] According to the Boston Herald , race director Dave McGillivray said he was sending paperwork to the IAAF to have Mutai's mark ratified as a world record. [1] The AP also indicated that the attempt to have the mark certified as a world record "would force the governing bodies to reject an unprecedented performance on the world's most prestigious marathon course". [3]


On October 18, 2010, the 20,000 spots reserved for qualifiers were filled in a record-setting eight hours and three minutes. [4]

In December 2010, Tom Grik, the President of the Boston Athletic Association's Board of Governors, said that the BAA would focus on recruiting top Americans to the marathon. [5] In February 2011, Meb Keflezighi, the 2009 winner of the New York City Marathon and considered along with Ryan Hall to be one of the two most prominent American marathoners, announced through his website that race organizers had failed to make an appearance fee offer to him and that he would not be participating in the race. [6]


Elite races

Elite Men
Gold medal icon.svg Geoffrey Mutai Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:03:02
Silver medal icon.svg Moses Mosop Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:03:06
Bronze medal icon.svg Gebregziabher Gebremariam Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2:04:53
4 Ryan Hall Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:04:58
5 Abreham Cherkos Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2:06:13
6 Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:06:43
7 Philip Kimutai Sanga Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:07:10
8 Deressa Chimsa Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2:07:39
9 Bekana Daba Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2:08:03
10 Robert Kipchumba Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:08:44
Elite Women
Gold medal icon.svg Caroline Kilel Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:22:36
Silver medal icon.svg Desiree Davila Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:22:38
Bronze medal icon.svg Sharon Cherop Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:22:42
4 Caroline Rotich Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:24:26
5 Kara Goucher Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:24:52
6 Dire Tune Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2:25:08
7 Werknesh Kidane Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2:26:15
8 Yolanda Caballero Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 2:26:17
9 Alice Timbilili Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 2:26:34
10 Yuliya Ruban Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 2:27:00

Wheelchair races

Gold medal icon.svg Masazumi Soejima Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1:18:50
Silver medal icon.svg Kurt Fearnley Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1:18:51
Bronze medal icon.svg Ernst Van Dyk Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 1:18:51
Gold medal icon.svg Wakako Tsuchida Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1:34:06
Silver medal icon.svg Shirley Reilly Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1:41:01
Bronze medal icon.svg Christina Ripp Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1:41:02

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