Kenyan Cherop wins women's Boston Marathon

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Elite women runners, including Genet Getaneh, left, of Ethiopia; Georgina Rono, second from left, and Sharon Cherop, third from left, of Kenya; Firehiwot Dado, third from right, of Ethiopia; and Jemima Jelagat Sumgong, second from right, and Caroline Kilel, right, of Kenya, compete in the Boston Marathon in Wellesley, Mass., Monday, April 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON (AP) — Sharon Cherop won the women's race in the Boston Marathon on Monday, surviving hot weather and a challenge from fellow Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong to win in an unofficial 2 hours, 31 minutes, 50 seconds.

It was the fifth consecutive year that the women's race came down to a sprint down Boylston Street.

With temperatures rising to 78 degrees by the finish, Cherop won with the slowest time in Boston since 1985. She is the third Kenyan in five years to win in Boston.