BOSTON, April 18 (UPI) -- Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai outdueled countryman Moses Mosop in the final yards and won Monday's Boston Marathon in record time.
Mutai covered the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 2 seconds. Mosop crossed in 2:03:06.
Third place went to Ethiopian runner Gebregziabher Gebremariam, who was coming off a win at the New York Marathon, in 2:04:53. American Ryan Hall was fourth, another 5 seconds back.
All those times topped the Boston Marathon record of 2:05.52 set last year by Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot.
Mutai grabbed an advantage heading into Heartbreak Hill, with his pace and the hill causing the leaders to separate. Mosop was only about 7 seconds behind with about 4 miles to go and they were side by side as they passed the 24-mile mark.
Mutai built a slight edge going onto Boylston Street to the finish and had enough of a kick to hold off Mosop.
Caroline Kilel of Kenya took the women's marathon in an even closer race. Her time was 2:22.36, which was just 2 seconds better than runner-up Desire Davila, from California. Kenya's Sharon Cherop came in third 6 seconds behind Kilel.