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New York marathon has historic run, huge rally

NEW YORK — Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai shattered the course record while Ethiopia's Firehiwot Dado staged a big comeback to earn victories at the New York Marathon on Sunday

Mutai, 30, ran the fastest 26.2 miles in history in April at Boston. But his time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds didn't count as a world record because the course is considered too straight and too downhill. He finished Sunday's race in 2:05:06, 2:37 faster than Ethiopia's Tesfaye Jifar's 2:07:43 in 2001 but 1:28 off the world record.

"I tried at the last minute to push it a little more," Mutai said.

With little wind on a cool, sunny morning, conditions were perfect for fast times. The second- and third-place finishers also broke the course record. Fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai (no relation) finished in 2:06:28, 1:22 behind the winner.

"The course … was tough," Geoffrey Mutai said. "But the weather was so good."

On the women's side, Dado, 27, had never won a major marathon. She trailed Kenya's Mary Keitany by nearly 2½ minutes at Mile 15. But she and fellow Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba made up 32 seconds between the 23rd and 24th mile and passed Keitany with about a mile left. Dado then edged Deba by four seconds, finishing in 2:23:15 (almost a minute better than her personal best).

The margin of victory tied the women's record set in 2004.

"She'd been running so fast from the beginning," Dado said through an interpreter. "I didn't imagine I would catch her."

Keitany, who was on a course-record pace before fading, took third, 23 seconds back.

"Maybe if I come next year, my body will react okay," she said. "I would run the same. I would not change."

New York marathon has historic run, huge rally 11/06/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 6, 2011 10:53pm]
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