Mutai wins NYC marathon in record time

Geoffrey Mutai crosses the finish line to win the men's division of the 2011 New York City Marathon...

Geoffrey Mutai crosses the finish line to win the men's division of the 2011 New York City Marathon in New York, N.Y., Nov. 6, 2011. (MIKE SEGAR/Reuters)

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NEW YORK - Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya captured the men's title at the New York City Marathon on Sunday in course-record time, while Firehiwote Dado of Ethiopia claimed the women's crown.

Mutai, who set the Boston Marathon record earlier this year, finished in a time of two hours, five minutes and six seconds, surpassing the previous mark of 2:07:43 set by Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia in 2001.

"The race was not easy.," said Mutai. " Although I won, it was not easy. The course was tough."

In April, Mutai set the course-record in Boston, finishing in two hours, three minutes and two seconds.

Fellow Kenyan Emmaunel Mutai (no relation) was the runner-up for the second straight year, finishing in 2:06:28, while Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia took third with a time of 2:07:14.

"The race was more or less very good for me," said Kebede. "It's a new race for me. I've never run here before, and the course has a lot of uphills and downhills, which is also good for me. So I believe it went well."

Defending title winner Gebre Gebremariam finished fourth at 2:08:00.

Dado, a three-time Rome Marathon champion, captured the women's title in comeback fashion, overtaking Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba to finish in a time of 2:23:15 in her New York Marathon debut.

"I'm very happy," said Dado. "It was a very good race. It was a tough race, and I didn't expect this result. But I'm very happy to have won New York."

Deba, who lives in the Bronx and is the fastest-ever female New York marathoner, hit the wire in a time of 2:23:19.

The top American man on Sunday was 2009 champion Meb Keflezighi of California, who placed sixth with as time of 2:09:13.


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