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Louisville Alum Wesley Korir Wins Boston Marathon

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Former U of L track star Wesley Korir won the Boston Marathon on Monday with a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 40 seconds.

Korir, a two-time winner of the Los Angeles Marathon, is a permanent United States resident but a Kenyan citizen. His performance on Monday may have earned him a spot on the Kenyan Olympic team for the 2012 games in London.

"To me, I think running the Boston Marathon is an Olympic event," he said. "I don't care what comes up after this, but I'm really, really happy to win Boston."

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Korir attended college at Murray State before transferring to Louisville where he graduated with a biology degree. He is hoping to receive American citizenship within the next two years.

The winners of the Boston Marathon receive $150,000. Korir and his wife, Canadian runner Tarah McKay, run a foundation in Korir's hometown of Kitale and have been building a hospital in the memory of his brother Nicholas, who was killed by a black mamba snake at the age of 10.

For more on Wesley's story, check out this ESPN.com piece from 2010.

Congratulations to a guy who has generated nothing but high-praise from all those who know him.