Sunday, November 6, 2011

NYC Marathon 2011

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.

                                                                      Firehiwot Dado

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.

                                                                     Geoffery Mutai

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

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