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Wesley Korir

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WESLEY KORIR
KENYA

BIRTHDATE:
15 November 1982

PERSONAL BEST:
2:06:13 (Chicago, 2012)

WORLD MARATHON MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS:

03Nov13 ING New York City Marathon 9th 2:11:34
15Apr13 Boston Marathon 5th 2:12:30
07Oct12 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 5th 2:06:13
16Apr12 Boston Marathon 1st 2:12:40
09Oct11 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2nd 2:06:15
10Oct10 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 4th 2:08:44
11Oct09 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 6th 2:10:38

ADDITIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

21Mar10 Los Angeles Marathon 1st 2:09:19
25May09 Los Angeles Marathon 1st 2:08:24
12Oct08 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, open race 1st 2:13:53

CAREER NOTES:

Wesley Korir ran a superb tactical race at the 2012 Boston Marathon with a brilliant come from behind win. He managed to keep Levy Matebo in sight and when his Kenyan countryman faltered late in the race, Korir sped by him to win in 2:12:40 on an extremely warm day.

Korir has the unusual distinction of having finished first in his race at the 2008 Chicago Marathon and yet he did not get a single World Marathon Majors scoring point.

That was because he was competing in the open race as he had no previous marathon experience. Starting five minutes behind the professional field, he passed enough runners to finish ninth overall (and first in the open division) with the fourth fastest time of the day, 2:13:53. He was still given the fourth place prize money.

The following May in Los Angeles, Korir showed what he was fully capable of with a 2:08:24, the fastest marathon ever run in the state of California. He defended his title last spring with another fast time.

In between Korir had another solid run at Chicago, placing sixth in 2009. He moved up two places in 2010 with another sub-2:09 finish. He defended his Los Angeles title in 2010.

Korir smashed his PR at Chicago in 2011 running 2:06:15. He made a bold breakaway bid in the 19th mile but eventual winner Moses Mosop reeled him in. A year later, he sliced two more seconds off his PR, finishing fifth.