Boston wants Mutai's 2:03:02 to be world record

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Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, takes the final strides of the fastest marathon ever run in the men's division of the 115th Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, takes the final strides of the fastest marathon ever run in the men's division …

Boston Marathon officials say they will apply to the international track governing body to have Geoffrey Mutai's winning time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds certified as a world record.

IAAF rules say the Boston course is ineligible to set a record because it is technically downhill. The course's layout also allows for a tailwind that wouldn't be possible on a loop course like the governing body prefers.

But Boston officials say that the 115-year history of the race shows it is not an artificially fast course. The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon — older than the IAAF itself.

Mutai and second-place finisher Moses Mosop, both Kenyans, both broke Haile Gebrselassie's sanctioned world record of 2:03:59.

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