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Boston Marathon winners will return in 2012

Geoffrey Mutai and Caroline Kilel, the men’s and women’s winners of the 2011 Boston Marathon, will return to defend their titles in April, race sponsor John Hancock announced today.

Mutai, of Kenya, ran the fastest marathon ever last April, setting the Boston Marathon course record at 2 hours, 3 minutes and 2 seconds. It is not recognized as a world record because the Boston course does not meet international record requirements.

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“I want to return to Boston to defend my title,” Mutai said via a press release. “I very much liked the race in 2011, because I made the best time ever run in the marathon.”

Mutai also won the New York City Marathon in November, also in record time.

Kilel, also of Kenya, defeated American Desiree Davila by two seconds in Boston last spring.

The 116th Boston Marathon will be held April 16.

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