Boston Marathon: five historic moments

The Boston Marathon has seen dramatic finishes and inspiring firsts in its 115-year history.

3. Fastest times (women: 2002, men: 2011)

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    Margaret Okayo of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the women's division of the 106th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2002. Okayo won with a time of 2:20:43.
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Two Kenyans have sped through the Boston Marathon faster than any other competitors in their divisions. Margaret Okayo set the women’s record in 2002 with a time of 2:20:43. The year before, she finished first in the New York Marathon, where she holds the record of 2:24:21 for the fastest women’s run.

Geoffrey Mutai's 2011 run of 2:03:02 is the fastest ever for the Boston Marathon. He beat the record set last year by fellow Kenyan Robert Kiprono Cheruiyo by nearly three minutes.

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