Geoffrey Mutai

Geoffrey Kiprono Mutai (born 7 October 1981) is a Kenyan long- distance runner who specializes in the marathon.


In 2008 he won in March the Monaco Marathon in a time of 2:12:40 hours. In October, he set a course record at the Eindhoven Marathon with a new personal best of 2:07:50 hours.

In 2009 he was eighth in the Daegu Marathon. Like last year, he won the 10 - kilometer run at Loopfestijn Voorthuizen and put it with 27:39 minutes a track record and a personal best. At the Eindhoven Marathon, he improved both his personal as well as the track record to 2:07:01 hours. The last 2.195 km he ran it in 6:05 minutes and was faster than Ronaldo da Costa, Paul Tergat and Haile Gebrselassie in their world records.

To kick off the 2010 season Mutai won the RAK Half Marathon. In the Rotterdam Marathon, he finished second behind compatriot Patrick Makau Musyoki in excellent 2:04:55. In the 10,000 - meter race, he won the bronze medal at the European Athletics Championships in Nairobi, Africa. Then he scored at the Berlin Marathon with 2:05:10 hours again but a tough time as I was beaten almost in Rotterdam Patrick Makau Musyoki. In November, followed by a victory at the Delhi Half Marathon.

In early 2011 Mutai won in convincing fashion, the Kenyan elimination competitions for the World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria. His favorite for world title bouts he could not quite live up to the fifth place, but helped with his power to secure the Kenyan victory in the team competition.

A few weeks later Mutai won the Boston Marathon. With his winning time of 2:03:02 hours, he undercut Gebrselassie's world record by 57 seconds. However, the Boston route did not meet the required by the Athletics IAAF criteria for the acceptability of world records. In the point - to-point course the runners benefited on race day from strong tailwind. So also the runner-up Moses Cheruiyot Mosop Kenyans remained on his marathon debut with 2:03:06 hours well below the official world record. On the following places in the Ethiopian Gebregziabher Gebremariam and American Ryan Hall undercut their respective personal bests and the old course record of Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot Kenyan from the previous year ( 2:05:52 hours) significantly. Specifically, missed the race track in Boston two of these in the international competition rules and conditions. Rule 260, paragraph 28b allows for an average gradient of more than 0.1 % of the distance, in this case 42 meters. Paragraph 28c requires that the distance between start and finish should not be more than 50 % of the route length. At the Boston Marathon, the net slope is about 140 meters, the distance between start and finish is almost the full race distance. Nevertheless, the organizers announced a day after the race, to apply for recognition of Mutais time as a world record. Mutai even argued that the route, to the prescribed length and is with its many hills very challenging despite the net gap.

In June Mutai returned to Boston and won the first edition of the BAA 10K well ahead of the Ethiopian Gebregziabher Gebremariam and Mosop. He increased his best performance in the 10-kilometer road race by 20 seconds, 27:19 min. The end of July he won the Bogota Half Marathon in a course record time of 1:02:20 h In November, he crowned his competitive season with a victory at the New York City Marathon. With a time of 2:05:06 hours, he beat the old course record of Ethiopian Tesfaye Jifar by more than two and a half minutes.

In 2012 he failed to defend his title in Boston. In unusually hot weather he had to give up 30 km with stomach cramps and was therefore not nominated for the Olympic Games in London. At the Ottawa Race Weekend, he won over 10 km. In September Mutai won the Berlin Marathon with a second ahead of his compatriot Dennis Kipruto Kimetto and missed the at the same place established in the previous world record by Patrick Makau Musyoki to 37 seconds. Mutai won superior to the Appreciation of the World Marathon Majors 2011/12. In 2013 he ran in the RAK Half Marathon with a time under 58:58 minutes for the first time 59 minutes, which he finished in third place. In November, he was able to repeat his victory in the marathon in New York.