Geoffrey Mutai and Sally Kipyego both dominated their respective fields in the New York City Half Marathon on Sunday.
Mutai, who holds the course record and has won the event twice, finished with a time of 1:00:50, holding off a valiant surge by Mo Farah. Kipyego was even more impressive, breaking the women’s course record by four seconds in her first ever race at the distance.
Speaking with reporters after the race, Kipyego said she was surprised at how relaxed she felt:
“The race turned out to be better than I expected, or at least what I thought it was going to feel like. I thought I was going to be in so much pain the last two miles or so. Yes, I was feeling pain, but not as extreme as I thought it would be.”
The big story of the day, however, was the performance of Farah, who will be running the London Marathon later this year. Farah tripped near the start of the race but was able to fight his way into second place. The effort cost him, though, as he collapsed upon crossing the finish line and was given medical attention. Thankfully, he said afterwards that the collapse was “not a big deal” and that he felt fine.
[Source: New York Times]