LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Wesley Korir was running to defend his Boston Marathon championship this morning, and led the race for much of the way before hanging on to finish fifth, despite finishing in 2 hours, 12 minutes 30 seconds, better than his winning time from a year ago.
In cooler race conditions -- never his favorite -- Korir led the way with a sub-5:00 pace early.
He also once again was the subject of significant media attention, not only as the race's defending champion, but as the first Kenyan member of parliament to race in an international event.
Korir used the race to promote his efforts in Kenyan government as well as his significant charitable efforts in his home nation.
"I am a different guy. I am two in one," Korir told African television. "Politics or leadership is my calling and athletics is my talent. I am trying to use both to serve the people of Kenya."
"I will be a voice from Kenya to the rest of the world," Korir told Runners World. "I will speak as a Kenyan who learned so much about freedom and democracy and fairness in the United States. I am not one of those who came to the U.S. to achieve the American dream of riches and wealth. I believe God brought me to the U.S. to learn the principles and philosophy that make America great, and to take those ideas back to Kenya. Now it is my duty and my challenge to share what I have learned with my countrymen. I will also be a voice for Kenyan athletes. I will speak up to protect their rights."
Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa won the men's race in a time of 2:10:22.