Such excitement in New York City today! On the women's side, Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia won her debut marathon in a time of 2:23:15, with fellow Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba right behind her in 2:23:19 for second place. Mary Keitany of Kenya, who was third last year and led today's race from the beginning until hitting Central Park, again came in third with a time of 2:23:39.
Geoffery Mutai won the men's race, demolishing the course record (2:07:43) with a time of 2:05:06. Mutai ran 2:03:02 in Boston this past April (currently, the world's fastest marathon time but not considered a world record because of IAAF governing rules; see Kenyan Runs Fastest Marathon in Boston). Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai (no relation) was second in 2:06:28 and Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede came in third in 2:07:14.. the top three men all breaking the course record.
Top Americans were Kim Smith in the women's race, 5th place in 2:25:46; and Meb Keflezighi on the men's side, 7th place in 2:09:13. Our U.S. debut marathoners I posted about a couple days ago..
Ed Moran 12th place 2:11:46
Bobby Curtis 15th place 2:16:46
Molly Pritz 12th place 2:31:52
Lauren Fleshman 16th place 2:37:23