Nov 6, 2011; New York, NY, USA; Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) makes his way through Central Park during the 2011 New York City marathon. Mandatory Credit: John O

Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai and Priscah Jeptoo win NYC Marathon

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya defended his New York City Marathon title from 2011 on Sunday, edging out Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede by 52 seconds to capture the victory. Mutai’s winning time was 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 24 seconds, over three minutes slower than the course-record time he clocked (under far better weather conditions, admittedly) in 2011.

Kenya was just as dominant in the women’s race, too, with Priscah Jeptoo passing Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Deba with two miles remaining. Jeptoo — whose winning time was 2 hours, 25 minutes, and 7 seconds — wound up finishing 49 seconds ahead of Deba. Latvia’s Jelena Prokopcuka, who has won the New York City Marathon twice, finished in third.

In the women’s wheelchair race, 24-year-old Tatyana McFadden was victorious. McFadden had also won the marathons in London, Chicago, and Boston earlier this year, giving her an unprecedented “Grand Slam” of marathon titles.

Switzerland’s Marcel Hug won the men’s wheelchair race.

We salute all the winners for their impressive performances, and tip our hats to all the competitors for their efforts.

[Source: Reuters]


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